Next DLNET Chat: Home learning 

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Anne-Marie Langford

 Join us on Friday 5th March, 1-2pm, to talk about home learning using the hashtag #DLNETChat

This month’s DLNET chat is about home learning. As schools get ready to welcome back most students from 8th March, this is an opportunity to take stock and look at the exciting practice that cultural organisations have delivered during this difficult time. Many museums and heritage organisations have created resources and offered activities online to support families in home learning. Examples are wide ranging and include virtual tours, early years story time, puzzle sheets, crafting sessions and so much more. As the sector brings its creativity and ingenuity to support learners in the current crisis. We thought it would be a great opportunity to share and reflect and what has been learnt.

What have you developed for home learners?

Who is using it? (parents, teachers, families)

How is it being used? (at home or in the classroom)

How has it changed and developed as it has been used?

What have we learned along the way?

Will we keep doing it?

How will it be funded?

Post Covid, how will it be integrated into our existing learning programmes?

A pre-chat poll will go out next Wednesday, along with emails to the JISCMAIL lists, to get you thinking.


Case Study: Home Educators Online

While we are thinking about home learning as a reaction to the pandemic, it’s easy to forget that home education has always been around, and will continue to be so when the majority of children are back in school. Read about how the National Museum of Computing works with home educators and the lessons they have learnt.

What happened?

Prior to the pandemic, the National Museum of Computing established an event day for home educators.  The purpose of the event was to enable home educators to access sessions and resources that are made available during school visits in a format that suits the varied skills, abilities and characteristics of home educated students.  During an event day we offer guided tours, handling sessions and workshops at different times of the day.  Participants then choose which sessions they wish to attend.

In the autumn term, the museum was keen to continue engaging with our home educator audience online. We decided to bring our home educators day online using the same timetable but delivered using Zoom, online emulators, our 360 degree museum model and sharing platforms (Cospaces, Socrative and Google Drive).

What have we learnt?

The main difference between delivering the remote sessions for home educators and school groups is that there is more interaction on the chat. Students needed more support and explanation but seemed more actively engaged and involved. Students were free to come and go during the session, although in practice most stayed for all the sessions. We felt that offering back-to-back sessions over 4 hours was a big mental commitment for both presenters and participants. If it was to be offered again it would be better to offer it a bite-sized pieces, although getting the numbers to make this financially viable is challenging.

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