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Assessing the impact: learning in a changing landscape

Martin McKay, Founder & CEO, Texthelp

@Texthelp recently commissioned “Lockdown and beyond: learning in a changing landscape” a study with educational analyst, ImpactEd, to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in the UK, US and Australia.

Our aim was to understand the effect that remote and blended learning is having on student motivation and the role of technology to help address this going forward. We’re excited to finally be able to share the key learnings from the paper. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic brought our daily lives to a sudden stop, education systems globally were forced to rethink their approach to teaching and learning, practically overnight. Educators, students and parents moved fast to find digital solutions to manage the impact of school closures.

Our research team uncovered a range of new challenges faced by educators. It highlighted that lockdowns in each country have not only created a range of new challenges for educators, but also deepened existing long-term problems and inequalities. In particular, the evidence shows COVID-19 has led to acute challenges in three linked areas –  student motivation, teacher workload and student wellbeing. 

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