The Remoteness of Remote Learning

A Policy Lesson from COVID19

  • Rosalyn Eder University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Keywords: COVID-19, international education, policy, remote teaching, faculty and student


The measures enforced by governments to contain the highly contagious COVID19 pathogen laid bare the deep inequalities that beset education systems around the world. The lockdowns and subsequent closures of educational institutions have amplified the gap between the rich and the poor, not just between the Global North and the Global South, but within countries as well. As of April 6th, UNESCO reported that 188 countries have temporarily closed its educational institutions, while several countries implemented localized closures, affecting 1,576,021,818 learners. Accordingly, education authorities have urged for classes at all levels to be moved online, a sudden but necessary emergency response to COVID19. However, for disadvantaged groups, the problem is how to meet the basic conditions that remote learning requires. 





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Author Biography

Rosalyn Eder, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Rosalyn Eder is a final year Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Education, the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and a part-time lecturer and international academic coordinator in the tourism program at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Austria. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Science from the University of Salzburg, Austria. Rosalyn has participated in several European projects and has acquired funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2015 for an international exploratory workshop that explored postcoloniality and the future of international education. She is an active member of the EAIE Expert Community on Access and Diversity, and on the advisory board of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. Rosalyn’s research and teaching interests focus on globalization and education: internationalization, higher education, labor migration, educational policy, diversity, and inclusion. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Rosalyn is a first-generation academic and second-generation migrant worker. She can be reached at: University of Fribourg, Department of Education, Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland, Email:



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How to Cite
Eder, R. (2020). The Remoteness of Remote Learning. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 9(1), 168-171.