The impact of the coronavirus on e-learning

ijeab/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Note from the editor

Dear readers,

Prior to March, distance learning was a relatively foreign concept to most of the nation's public school districts. But seemingly overnight, the coronavirus pandemic shut down buildings and forced students and teachers online as they attempted to salvage what they could of a school year disrupted by forces beyond their control.

It hasn't been an easy transition for many. Districts have had to scramble to close access gaps with both internet and devices. Models of delivery vary, from live streaming sessions to those students can view on their own time. In many cases, project-based assignments have emerged as ideal. And pupils and educators alike have had to cope with juggling home concerns — including the loss of loved ones and family financial upheaval — with lessons.

Now, as they head into the fall, school districts are weighing the lessons learned from spring and summer, better prepared to handle future disruptions and embrace hybrid models with an initial idea of what works and what doesn't. 

To help keep you in the loop, Education Dive will keep this page up to date with the latest trends and developments in the coronavirus' impact on e-learning in K-12. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.


Roger Riddell Editor

3 coronavirus challenges for curriculum directors this fall

Administrators are facing tighter budgets along with a need to establish expectations and adopt resources that fit multiple paths.

• Published June 17, 2020

Report: Most districts lacked clear plans in shift to remote learning

• Published June 9, 2020

Projects cap school year disrupted by coronavirus and defined by remote learning

Teachers dedicated to the project-based approach have found distance learning brings "a larger range of what you’re willing to work through."

• Published June 1, 2020

Students on remote learning: More creativity, interaction needed

Organizations are gathering students’ feedback on their e-learning experiences during the pandemic, the tools used and what could be improved.

• Published April 21, 2020

Ed, tech coalition launches resource for remotely serving special needs students

Some also suggest parents and educators will be more likely to consider virtual services in the future, following school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

• Published April 13, 2020

Present and accounted for? Coronavirus-related school closures create attendance challenges

Experts say regardless of the method used to track e-learning participation, ongoing contact with students will be essential.

• Published March 19, 2020