Top Tips for embedding Distance Learning into your teaching strategy

In these challenging times, never been seen before in the education sector, you may find yourself wondering how you are going to educate your learners remotely whilst meeting your education provider's targets and Ofsted's requirements.

At Ascentis we are here to support you and your learners. Our top tips for embedding distance learning into your teaching strategy will ensure key study skills aren't lost during long periods outside of the classroom and help prepare learners for their return.

5 Top Tips for embedding Distance Learning into your teaching strategy

1. Encourage learners to create a dedicated study environment free from distractions.

2. Set clear instructions for each task and ensure your learners understand the learning outcomes. 

3. Blend new learning with revision – set your class a weekly challenge to revise a topic that you've already taught them.

4. Use it as an opportunity to support their personal development and to learn key skills required for life beyond education.

5. Let your learners know that you are available for help if they are struggling. Provide them with your contact details and consider setting up a private chat group for your class such as Teams or Facebook. 

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Ideal for remote working, Ascentis Short Online Qualifications enable learners to develop a diverse range of skills including personal, social, employability and independent learning. These cost effective qualifications are eligible for ESFA funding and enable practical applications to the world of life, study and work.

Top Tips for embedding Distance Learning into your teaching strategy

With our new e-Invigilation platform, on-demand assessments and interactive online resources, students can work through the required learning at their own pace and sit the assessments remotely; ultimately building confidence and maintaining their study skills.

We have put together a FAQ on e-Invigilation for our SOQs. Click here to read the FAQ.

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