Using digital collaboration to translate retrieval practice into classroom practice

John Mynott, Audrey Buchanan, Pilar Arqued, Dougie Beck, Andrew Boulind, Colin Carswell, Jo Clark, Fiona Lindsay, Jim McLean, Angela Pearson, Tom Webster, Kim Winchester

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ways in which teachers worked in Scotland changed dramatically, with school closures and lessons and collegial meetings moving online. The Northern Alliance is one of Scotland’s Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs) and, due to the scale of the geographical area encompassing Argyll and Bute and the Comhairle Eilean Siar (Western Isles) in the west, the Highlands, Moray, Orkney and Shetland in the north and Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire in the north-east, digital working has been an essential element of its collaboration since its creation. Yet the transition of the wider community of teachers to online modes of working also meant a shift in focus for the professional development work that could be undertaken during the years of the pandemic. This paper focuses on a case study of a digital group of teachers from across Scotland, working with the Northern Alliance and the University of Aberdeen, to explore retrieval practice through digital methods during and immediately after school closures in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIMPACT: Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2022


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