Family Learning Online – research



How did we improve our Family Learning online interventions during the Covid-19 Pandemic?

During the 2020 national lockdown in the UK, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Learning Unlimited tutors had to adapt quickly to deliver online courses and workshops, instead of face-to-face teaching. This change in teaching approach enabled Family Learning practitioners to continue with their work and to support many learners who may have felt isolated during the crisis. However, this form of supporting learning is new for both practitioners and online learners. The purpose of this short report is to describe the research undertaken into the variety of interventions used, to explore their effectiveness from the participants’ perspectives and possible adaptions for future work.

This research is intended to help tutors to develop as practitioners, engage with learner preferences, gain further knowledge of online technical issues and adapt to create new opportunities for future online learning opportunities. It will further enable the Learning Unlimited Family Learning team to continue their work with a range of families including those who are more vulnerable, helping the teaching team to meet participants’ developing needs.