Evidence for Learning: Remote Learning Rapid Evidence Assessment

Remote Learning Rapid Evidence Assessment

A rapid review of existing evidence on effective distance learning and online learning approaches.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is leading a project, supported by their global partners including Evidence for Learning, to produce a free and accessible evidence-based report for school leaders and teachers on effective distance and online learning approaches.

The report is based on a rapid review of existing evidence (from 60 systematic reviews and meta-analyses) on effective distance learning and online learning approaches and summarises information on practices used worldwide to support and improve learning for students who are not able to attend classrooms.

Key findings and implications include:

  • Teaching quality is more important than how lessons are delivered
  • Ensuring access to technology is key, especially for disadvantaged students
  • Peer interactions can provide motivation and improve learning outcomes
  • Supporting students to work independently can improve learning outcomes
  • Different approaches to remote learning suit different types of content and students

The Protocol describing the design and methodology of the review, the EEF Remote Learning Rapid Evidence Assessment and our Commentary on the EEF Review are published below.

This research was funded by The EdTech Hub – as part of the partnership between the EdTech Hub and the Education Endowment Foundation, a Global Initiative led by the Department for International Development (DFID), The World Bank and The Gates Foundation.

A technical report of the review will be published once it has been finalised.

The following reports are free to access and download.