FutureLearn built a community of practice for educators who needed to transition rapidly to remote teaching during the coronavirus pandemic. We built the course with the aim of both supporting emergency remote teaching during COVID-19 and laying sustainable foundations for the longer-term shift to online education. Starting as an idea in early March, we then went on to launch the course 10 days later, attracting more than 80,000 teachers from around the world. We harnessed social learning technology to help support teachers and instructors who needed to collaborate to find practical solutions during a time of significant upheaval. They thrived in the process – going from being challenged to excited about online education.

Tags: Education equity, Learn smart, Ed tech, Life long learning, Learner centered

Matt Jenner

FutureLearn

Matt is the head of learning for Europe’s leading edtech company, FutureLearn. He leads in areas relating to the development and application of FutureLearn’s social learning pedagogy. He leads the Learning team who design and build courses, collaborate with internal development teams to enhance the platform and explore data and insights into what makes people learn successfully on FutureLearn. He joined FutureLearn in 2016 and has worked across all ages of learning, from an award winning platform teaching science to children through to further and higher education.

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