RTOL – Rapid Transition to Online Learning


RTOL is a free emergency roadmap for making a rapid transition to remote learning during forced school closures. This quick-start guide will walk you through a simplified step-by-step process to maintain your continuity of teaching and learning in a crisis. This program is based on a simple question, If an educator had just one hour to prepare to teach remotely, what are the most essential things she would need to know and do?

If you’ve already started thinking about how you will teach your students if your school closes,  you know that there are many things to consider. The list includes accessibility, teaching materials, and the length of the school closure. There are also a variety of viable remote learning methods to consider.

The RTOL program is based on the Flipped Learning 3.0 framework, which is a proven instructional model for remote learning practiced in over 50 countries. RTOL was developed using the best practices collected, peer-reviewed, and defined, by 100 educator-delegates from 49 countries. The global best practices were established under the guidance of the Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences. RTOL is globally applicable for K12 and higher education and is included in the continuity plans at:

  • Washington State Office of Public Education
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • New York City Department of Education
  • University of the Philippines, Manila
  • Anahuac University, Mexico City
  • MEF University, Turkey
  • National Institute of Education | Singapore

This crash course was created with the help of 21 master teachers with deep experience in blended learning. Each section is tagged using the Global Elements of Effective Flipped Learning for further reference.

The program was developed on the premise that in an unexpected emergency educators will need fast answers. We took the absolute essentials and crammed them into an hour video. The video is supported by a manual that provides much greater detail, a curated list of additional resources, and a Rapid Response Team  to connect educators with peers who have experience and can provide support.


RTOL is a free 12-step global roadmap developed for school districts, schools,  universities, and educators who need a proven guide and support system to rapidly transition to remote learning immediately. This quick start resource covers the 12 essential sectors and includes:

    • Rapid Transition checklist for administrators 
    • Rapid Transition checklist for IT managers
    • Full transition plan and video tutorial for teachers
    • Access to a Rapid Response Support Team

NOTICE: This resource was quickly created using units from a full course on Flipped Learning 3.0. We took the segments that would support a rapid transition to online learning in an emergency, so some of the references may seem out of context and some of the numbers may not be chronological. We will refine this program as needed in the weeks ahead. Our top priority is to provide a simple step-by-step guide to make a rapid transition to remote teaching, today.

Perhaps the hardest part of making a rapid transition to online learning in the middle of a crisis is creating a plan.

    • Where do you start?
    • What comes next?
    • Who do you need to contact?
    • What do you need to pull together?
    • Where will you find everything your need?
    • Who can you turn to for help?

These are the questions answered in the 12-Step Roadmap, along with a host of others, that most of us would never know we need to consider.  The roadmap removes the stress of planning so you focus on the things you know how to do and need to do as quickly as possible.

The RTOL emergency Roadmap is a collaboration between the Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences and the Flipped Learning Global Initiative. The RTOL is offered as free public service to schools and school districts. Register below to get access to the full program.

Rapid Response Support Team

Beyond the 12-step roadmap, the online teaching tutorial and the library of resources, the most important thing you will likely need is ongoing support. AALAS has created a Rapid Response Team to connect you to an international network of educators who have extensive experience managing the challenges you will face. To register for any of the programs, use the form at the bottom of this page.


International Network

WP Data Tables

Register for the RTOL program