Remote learning benefits for teachers and students range from optimizing student and staff time to providing more learning flexibility and fostering a sense of independence for students.
Remote learning allows teachers and students to spend less time commuting. Educators then have more time to create lesson plans and review student work, and students have more time to complete assignments and engage with course material. With remote learning, teachers can also acquire new digital skills that enhance the learning experience and allow them to find new ways to engage students, such as introducing gamified online courses to advance learning retention, self-determination and active learning.
The benefits of remote learning include better flexibility for students whose families may be temporarily displaced due to a natural disaster or economic hardship, or whose families need to relocate for work or to care for an aging family member. Additionally, remote learning provides a safe learning environment for neurodiverse students, special needs students and those who have been subject to in-person bullying.
Research has shown that children with developmental challenges experienced less bullying when schools were forced to cease in-person offerings because of the pandemic.
In addition, other benefits of remote learning include helping foster greater parental engagement, especially for at home parents that are able to check in with their children throughout the school day. And another one of the many remote learning benefits is that students may gain a sense of independence, learn at their own pace and challenge themselves to engage more critically with course material. For example, they may ask questions they might have been hesitant to ask in person for social reasons, and the added time in their schedules since they are not commuting might help teach them how to be more independent about how best to use their time to accomplish schoolwork.