What We Learned: Adult Education’s Response to Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning

In March 2020, efforts to slow the pace of the COVID-19 pandemic led to community-wide closures and a rapid pivot to emergency remote teaching and learning (ERTL) for students of all ages and settings, including adult basic skills programs. An urgent need to build capacity of programs and staff to serve their communities produced a groundswell of effort across the diverse landscape of adult education providers. While teachers, administrators, and local staff undertook that effort, state staff and national organizations recognized the need to capture the learnings from the spring of 2020 as a means to ready adult education for the challenges ahead.

The EdTech Center @ World Education convened researchers leading studies on the field’s response to COVID-19 in a Technical Working Group (TWG), where they analyzed their collective research efforts.  The brief resulting from this effort captures shared high-level findings unearthed during a series of synthesis meetings and related activities, including:

  • the role of leadership; the quantity and quality of professional development;
  • strategies for engaging learners together with supporting access to devices, connectivity, and resources;
  • partnership opportunities;  policy and practice challenges; and
  • the learning that is guiding planning for fall 2020 and beyond.

Learn more about the project and related resources here.