RTOL: Rapid Transition to Online Learning

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If a crisis forces school closure, a rapid transition to online learning ideally starts with the school administrators. Leadership and support are essential. Without leadership, educators devise a variety of solutions that students have to juggle. RTOL includes a checklist of the 12 top priorities and action items for school administrators.

IT Mangers

When all learning goes remote, the IT manager’s role is more important than ever. The opportunity for frustration and stress increases. RTOL includes a checklist of the top priorities and action items for IT managers.


This quick-start program is based on a simple question, If a teacher had just one hour to prepare to teach remotely, what are the most essential things she would need to know and do? The program includes a detailed  checklist, a just-in- tine video tutorial on teaching remotely, and ongoing support.

RTOL: Rapid Transition to Online Learning

RTOL is a free 12-step emergency roadmap for a rapid transition to remote learning during forced school closures. This one-hour program will walk you through a simple step-by-step guide to maintain your continuity of teaching and learning in a crisis.

The RTOL program is based on the Flipped Learning framework, a proven instructional model for remote learning used in over 50 countries. RTOL was developed using the best practices collected, peer-reviewed, and defined by 100 educator-delegates from 49 countries, under the guidance of the Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences. 

This crash course is created with the help of 21 master teachers with deep experience in blended learning. It covers the 12 essential sectors that need to be considered in an emergency  transition to online learning:

  • A pedagogy for remote teaching
  • Communications 
  • Planning 
  • Individual assignments
  • Online group sessions 
  • Adapting Assessment
  • K-12 specific challenges
  • Online learning spaces 
  • IT Infrastructure 
  • Student feedback 
  • Evidence-based strategies
  • Just in time professional development 

Each section is tagged using the Global Elements of Effective Flipped Learning for further reference.

RTOL is a 12-step global roadmap developed for schools, districts, schools, and educators who need a proven guide and support system to rapidly transition to remote learning immediately. RTOL is a free resource provide by the Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences and the Flipped Learning Global Initiative.