COVID-19 Rapid Response Report from the Field

COVID-19 Rapid Response Report from the Field

COVID-19 Rapid Response Report from the Field

Date posted: August 31, 2020

How has the adult education field responded to the COVID-19 pandemic? What have educators done and what lessons have they learned?

COVID-19 Rapid Response Report from the Field uses survey and interview data to get a glimpse of what American educators experienced, how they adapted and what issues arose. The report is organized around nine recurring themes:

  • How programs implemented distance education
  • Technology: access and capacity issues
  • Learner enrollment and classroom engagement
  • Learner support
  • How the job changed
  • Professional development
  • Program changes
  • Silver linings
  • Future

Each theme includes key takeaways and innovations/recommendations.

Given the new normal that COVID-19 has brought upon us all, there is a clear imperative for investment in technology tools, hardware and broadband, professional development, and research that can insure all learners participate in high quality education, whether it is offered in a face-to-face, distance, or blended format. This report begins to paint the picture of where the field is with this now, and where it needs to go to more fully accomplish this.

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