Online Learning

Updated 15 April 2020 | Look for an * next to new content.


A comprehensive list of online educational resources

The list includes some of the most popular online resources most used by schools, especially in this period of distance learning. There are resources for all ages and for all disciplines. View resources

UNESCO Distance Learning Solutions

A list of educational applications, platforms and resources aimed to help parents, teachers, schools and school administrators facilitate student learning and provide social care and interaction during periods of school closure. Most of the solutions are free and many cater to multiple languages.  

*Exploring at home booklet

A free booklet to help children cope with the pandemic. Children will be able to reflect on the current issues related to COVID-19 and discuss hygiene and healthy distance measures recommended by the authorities. There are age-appropriate activities to help children express their feelings and process their experiences. It is available in English, Spanish, Dutch and Italian.

*My hero is you, storybook for children on COVID-19

A story book in multiple languages which addresses a range of topics related to children dealing with Covid-19. Read more

Special education resources

Resources and guidance, and technology tools and access to support special needs students in the time of online learning. Read more

CASIE | Online learning resources

Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education. A list of free resources for use during home teaching and learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Promise | Online learning resources

A library of online learning resources is intended for educators and can be filtered by type, grade, and subject. All of the included resources are free and meet student privacy criteria.

Free online academic support, UK

Free online academic support for student education and wellbeing as schools close across the UK. Read more

Free online classes from Scholastic, USA

Scholastic is offering 20 free online classes. The digital learning hub is divided into four grade levels: Pre-K and Kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3-5, and grades 6 and higher. It provides students daily lessons in areas spanning literacy, math, science and social studies. Read more



Should we record virtual counselling sessions? And other questions … answered

Schools and universities are making extraordinary efforts to support their communities right now. This is the first in a series of articles to address challenges and the many questions we’ve received, explaining how to keep students safe and protect their well-being in new learning environments. Read more

Piloting Education 4.0 prompted by Coronavirus Crisis

An article in The International Educator (TIE) by Shwetangna Chakrabarty, University Counselor at Guangzhou Nanfang International School. Read article

15 strategies for online learning when a school is closed

From the Global Online Academy, shared by Ellen Mahoney, Sea Change Mentoring. Read article

Instructional design for online and blended learning

From the Global Online Learning Academy, shared by Ellen Mahoney, Sea Change Mentoring. Read article

Observations on eLearning practices that seem to be working well

Eric Jabal, CIS School Support & Evaluation Officer in Hong Kong, shares his observations, as a parent and educator and asked for your own resources and observations. Read article

Focus groups

Educator temporary school closure for online learning

This is a group aimed particularly at educators who are planning distance or online learning due to the school closures for COV19. Read more

School administrator coronavirus planning group

This is for school administrators planning and preparing with Coronavirus. It is a forum for collaboration and sharing ideas. Read more

Schools connecting schools

Here's a group set up by John Mikton at IS Luxembourg to connect schools that need advice moving education online.

Podcast: Assessment and feedback in an online context

Dr Kevin House at Dulwich College International, shared this podcast “A massive thanks for the team at Evidence Based Education for putting together this great podcast to support Dulwich College International and Dulwich High School teachers currently working so hard to support our students in China and Korea at this time. I urge colleagues to have a listen to these best practices and hope that it provides useful insights and reinforcement. View podcast: Assessment and feedback in an online context

Tips and Tools to Support Your Mentoring and Advisory Programs Online

Ellen Mahoney of Sea Change Mentoring has been very active in her support of the community, putting a list of tips and tools together to keep student-teacher connections strong.

Zoom and Managebac

Shailendrasinh Rathod, Head of Science at International School Dhaka said: “Though we don't have a Coronavirus situation here in Bangladesh [at time of writing] we did have prolonged political closedown. During those days we found Managebac to be very handy in engaging students. I think it has more potential with updated features. I also see "Zoom" has a great potential to be an effective substitute of face-to-face curriculum transaction.

Blended learning: What does a typical week look like?

By Dr Jennifer Chang Wathall at the University of Hong Kong. Shared by Dr Kevin House at Dulwich College International. Read article

Read the CIS Perspectives blog for additional stories from our community. CIS members can also find additional resources in the CIS Community portal