Remote Learning

What is remote learning?

Remote learning is learning that is directed by practitioners and undertaken by children and young people who are not physically with the practitioner while instruction is taking place.

Remote learning involves a combination of ‘live’ interactions between teacher and learners, and also learning which takes place away from the direct presence of the class teacher. It may involve a range of learning experiences which take place in a variety of learning spaces, including outdoors and includes active and physical learning.

Remote learning can be delivered in a variety of ways. It may include reading, doing, creating and inventing, playing, problem solving, observing and investigating with some of the best learning examples not requiring technology at all, although in the current context, digital and online approaches will be commonly used.

Learners should not engage in online learning for the entirety of the school day. Learning may include activities such as research tasks, project work, practical opportunities, discussions and other activities that can be carried out away from a digital device.

Education Scotland

What might remote learning look like?

Teachers will determine what learning will look like for their class - learning experiences will vary depending on the stage, course and staff member. Remote learning might include a mixture of the following digital and non-digital activities and tasks:

  • Live check in using Google Meet

  • Live chat via Google Classroom for support at timetabled/specified times

  • Live lesson delivered using Google Meet – the teacher is live on camera or is presenting lesson materials live

  • Pre-recorded video content - narrated over an online presentation or screen-sharing activity.

  • Group work making use of channels or groups spaces in G Suite to facilitate collaborative or group work.

  • Live digital polls/quizzes or feedback tools - eg Google Forms, Kahoot or other tools

  • Demonstration using a visualiser or second camera/device

  • Sharing photographs such as worked examples/key moments in lesson

  • Class activities created on a Google Document (eg Google docs, sheets, slides) and shared in Google Classroom

  • Individual activities accessed through other sites eg BBC Bitesize, E-Sgoil

  • Research tasks and project work

  • Home learning tasks to complete away from the screen

  • Health and wellbeing activities and exercise.

  • Play

How can parents and carers support remote learning?

  • support your child to follow their normal timetable where possible - it is helpful to maintain their routines around learning; get up at the same time for school each day

  • work in partnership with your child's school - communicate any concerns

  • encourage your child to actively participate in their learning activities

  • support your child to engage in any scheduled interactions with/set up by their teachers

  • support your child to access online learning platforms and learning tasks

  • support your child to follow the guidelines for the use of Google Meet (no recordings should made) for more information please see the parent guide

  • accessing technical help and resources to support your child with online learning - see the Parent Digital Learning Hub

  • encourage your child to vary tasks – a balance between screen time and other activities is important (including taking a break, going for a walk, etc)

  • encourage plenty of hydration – drinking water helps hydrate the brain and promotes learning.


What other support is available?

Stirling Platform for Education and Communities

National E-Learning Offer:

Other: