Bending with the Breeze: Flexible Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Disability Support in Online Learning

"I feel the lectures that I can go back and play again (not a speedy note taker) because they are videos has been such a massive improvement for my learning. I don't know what I would do without them."

 - Student Quote – AHEAD Learning from Home 2021 Research Participant

The experience of moving to remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the possibilities that exist to offer more flexible modes of learning and the benefits of these modes and practices for a variety of learners. With remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic compounding difficulties for some learners and easing them for others (AHEAD 2020), it is clear that education design and approaches to teaching and learning have a significant effect on the student learning experience. By considering and implementing approaches that take the variability of the student body into account when designing programmes of study, teaching staff and programme coordinators can play a vital role in affording students a positive learning environment with flexibility built in from the outset, providing students with the opportunity to learn in a way that suits them. 

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