eLearning for K-12: Challenges and Solutions


  • Lori Vinson
  • Nancy Caukin


Lack of teaching knowledge, inequity of technology and materials, and misbehavior during eLearning are three challenges that are faced during remote online learning. These three challenges and suggested solutions are explored, as well as how to take a whole-child approach integrating social and emotional learning and mindfulness.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020-2021 school year experienced hardships like none other. In a matter of days, school administrators were faced with making some of the most challenging decisions ever regarding closing schools and pivoting to teaching and learning remotely. Distance learning became the norm and eLearning quickly became the most efficient way to deliver content with a myriad of edtech options and the challenges that followed (Boyland, 2020; Richards, 2020; Sean, 2020). The rapid transition from face-to-face instructionto remote online learning left teachers and parents alike scrambling. While teachers were charged with the task of teaching online, parents were challenged with the task of helping to educate their children at home. Many parents adapted to these changes and new expectations with trepidation.

Three challenges of eLearning became immediately obvious. Among the challenges that affected eLearning were lack of teaching knowledge, equity of technology and materials, and student misbehavior during remote learning sessions.



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