The pandemic teaching of mid-2020 was not really distance learning, but rather crisis teaching. But starting now, teachers have the opportunity to prepare for distance learning with purpose and intent—using what works best to accelerate students’ learning all the while maintaining an indelible focus on equity.
Harnessing the insights and experience of renowned educators Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie, The Distance Learning Playbook applies the wisdom and evidence of VISIBLE LEARNING® research to understand what works best with distance learning. Spanning topics from teacher-student relationships, teacher credibility and clarity, instructional design, assessments, and grading, this comprehensive playbook details the research- and evidence-based strategies teachers can mobilize to deliver high- impact learning in an online, virtual, and distributed environment. This powerful guide includes Learning Intentions and Success Criteria for each module to track your own learning, a diversity of instructional approaches, discussion of equity challenges associated with distance learning, special guidance for teachers of young children who are learning from a distance, videos of the authors and teachers discussing a wide variety of distance learning topics, and space to write and reflect on current practices and plan future instruction.
Tapping the expertise of teachers who are successfully engaged in distance learning, The Assessment Playbook for Distance and Blended Learning answers that question. Rich with a wide range of examples, strategies, and assessments that can be leveraged with rigor and fidelity regardless of learning environment, this practical playbook empowers teachers with the decision-making tools needed to gauge the impact of instructional strategies in today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape. It features insights that endure in any distance or hybrid learning environment and can be used to inform assessment decisions, a robust “playlist” of distance learning assessment tools, information on how to evaluate the impact of your teaching on student learning, and characteristics of formal tools of evaluation, such as tests, longer essays, and performance tasks that teachers can use in distance learning environments to document learning for reporting purposes.
Please enjoy this complimentary excerpt from The Distance Learning Playbook. In this Introduction, the authors acknowledge the heroic efforts of educators worldwide who, during a pandemic, didn't miss a beat. They rose to the challenge and made sure students continued to learn. Now it's time to take what we have learned to improve schooling in any media, whether face-to-face or in distance learning.
In this critical module from The Distance Learning Playbook, authors Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie outline the importance of taking the time to take care of yourself in order to help others.
The authors of The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12, discuss in this ILA article, three critical takeaways they have learned while distance learning, including how to accelerate learning, managing reading volume, and the infusion of social and emotional learning strategies.