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Feedback from Remote Learning 2.0

Remote Learning ended for us on October 12th 2020. Students and staff had worked remotely for 8 weeks in Semester 1, then returned to onsite learning for 5 weeks and then did another 9 weeks remotely. 

Like a bad romance we put remote learning behind us and moved on.

Unfortunately COVID does not seem to be going away. Our colleagues in the UK, where there are 30,000+ cases a day, are likely to be working remotely. Here in Victoria we go into panic mode when CASES get to double figures. 

We could end up in remote learning again. 

Maybe there is something here our colleagues in the US or UK could benefit from.

This is a summary of the feedback from Students, Staff, Parents and education support staff after what we called Remote Learning 2.0. Student Survey. (818 Students Responded), Teaching Staff Survey (57 Teaching Staff Responses), Parent Survey (170 Responses), ES Survey (36 Responses). 

We are a medium sized 7 to 12 school about 100k from Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. Student population 1,140. 

Overall Attitude to Remote Learning

1 = Hating It. 10 = Loving It

Students.

Teaching Staff

Parent

ES staff

Changes made for Remote Learning 2.0

Most of our subjects have 3*75 minute timetabled periods a week. In Remote Learning 1.0 we did one live (synchronous) lesson, one tutorial lesson and then one asynchronous session. 

In Remote Learning 2.0 just ran our regular timetable but remotely. Student were expected to login each session. We did three synchronous sessions but staff did not have to stay online the whole time. 

Students

Teaching Staff

Parents

ES Staff

 

Mental health and emotional wellbeing

Students

 

Staff

Parents

ES Staff

 

IT programs being used

Students (Second on the list is Google Suite.)

 

Teachers

 

Exercise

Students

Staff

 

ES Staff

 

Coping with remote learning 2.0

Students

Teaching Staff

Parents

 

ES Staff

 

 

 

Positive Comments 

Negative Comments

Students

  • No, I just want to go to school already.
  • I love being at home simply because I LOVE being in my home and always have. This remote learning is just better than last time because I’m actually getting help, and last time I thought I could just make it work on my own. It doesn’t make this any easier than it was, but I feel reassured that I have ways to get better.
  • My teachers are doing a fantastic job and they are doing so much to help and make it easier.
  • Going through the content with the teacher and having access to a powerpoint that contains the information so we can go off and do the work and look at the PP if we get stuck.
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  • The moment online learning is over, everything will be better. What would help me a lot is if the work is a maximum of 2-3 pages long because if I open a document and see 5 pages of work staring at me, I intently exit and do something else because its too overwhelming,
  • dont give students loads of work and help them with there work [sic]
  • Maybe the due dates, as sometimes when teacher put tasks up on the day is says its over due.
  • We need more understanding and support from our teachers.
  • understand that we can’t do a new task every single day.
  • Maybe not enough instructions on how to do tasks.

Staff

  • The use of the Sandpit is good. Staff continuing to contribute to this is useful, as is sharing of resources and strategies at KLD level.
  • You’re all doing awesome
  • Thank you for taking the pressure off by removing some meetings!
  • Leadership is listening to and supporting staff in every aspect of remote learning. Well done!
  • I think we have all done a much better job than last time. Thanks to leadership for your support.
  • Some face to face, with a funny photo that invites kids to share what number sheep they are which allows me to check mental health. Very specific activities that are clear and easy to follow. Ed Perfect and Click view videos that students can return to so they can recheck what we were doing in class.
  • We are frequently being asked to stay online for much longer than what we would expect our students to do. A number of colleagues and myself are talking about the eye glare and headaches we are getting from this and there is not enough attention being paid to this although I believe intentions are both high and good.
  • I have written up, students and families who have very concerning wellbeing issues and I am not sure if this has been followed up. We need to be more diligent in writing up Sentral notifications so that teachers are aware of what is going on with their students.
  • Work/life balance is still an issue.

Parents

  • Being accountable every day, having to log in has made a huge difference. Last time they were sleeping half the day now they have to be up like normal schooling.
  • Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the students. While they are missing out on the contact of attending school, my daughters are learning very valuable lessons about the need to adapt to what life throws at you and they are very well supported by their teachers and the school.
  • I just want to commend all staff at DSC. for your great efforts & work.
  • I think that on the whole, the system is working well. It is easier for us (parents and student) than last term as the non-compulsory classes made it difficult for our son to get in to a routine. Having all classes compulsory makes the day run much smoother.
  • Considering what everyone is trying to cope with you guys do an amazing job. I wish the kids realised just how much their teachers are there for them. For me It’s hard juggling work and still trying to motivate and keep my child on task and help where needed. I find he constantly waits for me to get home to help him with work instead of seeking help from his teachers and alot I can’t help with if I don’t know what’s gone on in class.
  • Tidy up the progress bars, please. Some of these are very messy and unclear. Some items are left un-ticked for ages and one teacher did not bother responding to my emails about David’s progress on a task. Other than this I know everyone is trying very hard to do the right thing.
  • During webex, make the chat only visible to the teacher, students use the chat inappropriately which distracts my ADHD child if students can only direct a question to the teacher other students won’t see the continual stream of chatting and comments distracting them. Teachers could read out questions and provide a response to the group if others have the same question.
  • Some parents saying that staff aren’t responding to email.

ES Staff

  • Thank you for your support during this time and the constant open communication is great.
  • From what I hear the second time round has been a lot smoother. Need to find a way to get students more used to participating in webex meetings.
  • Online activities where we can see what students are doing are better, as it’s easier to help students
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  • Responses to emails taking a lot longer probably due to the volume people are getting. Not being able to get a quick answer by ducking up the corridor is hard to get used to. Miss those incidental conversations where I get info to support my role eg ideas on what to put in the newsletter, on FB, etc

We don’t want to go back to remote learning.

Hopefully there is some feedback here that other schools find useful.

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