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In Focus

"See more clearly when you are informed"

Remote Working & Learning refers to the trend of education and work shifting to our homes from specific places we commute. While some thought that remote work would be a stop gap measure in response to the pandemic, Remote Working & Learning is seemingly becoming a common facet of everyday life.  Below you will find key terms, statistics, and other useful tools to understand and talk about Remote Working & Learning. If you would like to know more, consider coming to an IYC event. Our next one can be found below in the section labeled Our Events. We host them virtually, on a wide range of topics, discussing policy, civics, and current events.  

Key Terms You Should Know

Distance Learning:

Also called distance education, e-learning, online learning, or remote learning typically includes formal courses and curriculum offered online.


Data storage that can be accessed from any device and includes apps, programs, and virtual workspaces.

Luddite vs. Technophile:

A derogatory word for someone adamantly opposed to new technologies versus an ardent supporter, enthusiast, and early adopter of new tech.


The process in which people know cultural norms, expectations, rules, and values occurs in remote activities much like at lockers or the 'watercooler'.

Defined Workspace:

A dedicated space that you work/learn from such as a desk, home office, or other relatively private sacrosanct area.


Moments In History

1728 - Earliest correspondence courses are the forerunner of modern remote learning.

1881Emoticons appear in an issue of Puck  magazine. Shigetaka Kurita is credited with creating the first color emoji in 1999.

2019 - Zoom goes public on April 2019

1876 - On March 7, Alexander Graham Bell received his patent for the telephone.

1971 - The first email message (QWERTYUIOP) is sent by Ray Tomlinson across Arpanet, the first Internet network created.


According to a 2020 study at the Pew Research Center, of adults whose jobs could be done from home, 71% are working from home and 54% want to continue working from home.

U.S Based online learning platform Coursera has released its 2021 Impact Report, which shows more than 20 million new learners registered for courses in the year - equivalent to total growth in the three years pre-pandemic.

In 2021, the percentage of U.S. companies offering remote work options has increased to 58.6%, according to a NorthOne report. 

Businesses that adopt Remote Work will be more attractive to job seekers. A study conducted by PR Newswire show that 80% of U.S. workers would turn down a job that didn't offer flexible or remote work.


Work/life balance

Multimedia Sharing

Modern Office


Increased reach/access

Ability to work independently

Notable Names


Wade Foster

Sal Khan

Miguel Cardona

Jill Biden

Steve Jobs


Our Events



Further Resources

Remote Work/Learning Infographic

Share what you have learned about Remote Work/Learning. Our Infographic has been designed to be shared easily by printing, emailing, or posting on social media. Click on the image to view or download the PDF File.

(Not for commercial use) 

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Much To Discuss Event Video

Our networking event was insightful and fun! Remote learning and remote work related Scavenger Hunt and Trivia drive this informative event. Attendees gain insight about learning and working remotely, while also getting to know and share their own knowledge with peers. You can also make an event out of it yourself by hosting your own Much To Discuss Watch: Remote Working and Learning Discussion Party. Feel free to share this video with others! (Not for commercial use) 

Craftivism Event Video

As you make your own journal, you will learn about working and learning remotely. You can follow the instructions to make a version of this craft with your own supplies. No experience necessary. You can also make an event out of it yourself by hosting your own Craftivism: Remote Working and Learning Discussion Party. Feel free to share this video with others!

(Not for commercial use) 

Take Action


Be actively inclusive: use pronouns; describe your appearance; use alt text; don't always require cameras on; avoid small talk that implies class; be aware of equity issues in access to resources like tech equipment, internet speed, dedicated workspace, support, and time.


Show appreciation for the opportunity to work/learn remotely by offering and taking mental health breaks throughout the day.


Commit to one remote learning/working Friendly action each week!


Share our Remote Working & Learning Infographic with friends, family, and anyone and everyone you think would appreciate becoming more informed!

Practice web and video conferencing etiquette: check your background; mute yourself; use emojis, chat, and Q&A for meeting management.

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