As universities negotiate the path ahead, it appears that online learning will be here to stay for the foreseeable future. Many colleges and universities will want to develop strong contingency plans as the epidemic continues to evolve. While a majority of the governments have established recovery plans and abolished numerous restrictions, some schools may still be forced to separate classes or year groups.
In addition, most governments have released instructions that schools must continue to provide remote education for students who are unable to attend courses in person this year. We're like this because we've learnt a lot in the past several months.
Resilience is a key component of the recovery process
Education disruption has been well-documented over the last year and a half, and it is still going on in many ways. Despite the progress achieved by schools, universities, and institutions since the first round of mandatory closures, many have run into problems with online learning.
Access to a high-quality education is a fundamental right, and efforts must be done to bring kids back on track and guarantee that no child falls behind. With the problems that the industry is expected to encounter in the coming year, we need to have some fail-safes in place to ensure educational continuity.
Technology and data analysis will be crucial in this situation. Given the uncertainty surrounding future limitations, schools, colleges, and institutions will need to implement more effective blended learning techniques to ensure that courses are flexible and that faculty can quickly move from in-person to online teaching on short notice. Building a strong digital infrastructure will assist, and EdTech can aid by providing a solution that will really empower our teachers.
Increased workloads and the ‘Great Catch Up'
Critical workflows may be digitised with the proper technologies, freeing up instructors' time to focus on other high-priority activities. Teachers may also gain genuine insight into individual kids' development through data analytics, allowing for focused assistance, which will be important in the coming months.
Video material is becoming increasingly sophisticated and popular. While video lectures have been used for the past 18 months, the introduction of new digital technology and solutions has made video-assisted learning considerably more effective and accessible, making it an essential component of any curriculum. Pre-recorded classes can be utilised for review or when students are absent.
The digital revolution is empowering our instructors
Staff members must be fully prepared to use all of the digital tools at their disposal. While they may have gained experience in the past academic years, many have never been ‘officially' educated in the delivery of online learning — it is not often included in most first training programmes. Lecturers and teachers must not only be given the tools they need to offer good online or blended learning, but they must also be taught how to incorporate these solutions into their own courses and create compelling online environments.
Staff will have to utilise all resources at their disposal when students return this month to fill up the gaps in their learning and transfer courses online if circumstances alter. Throughout the epidemic, EdTech has shown its usefulness and will be critical to our recovery.