Covid-19 has forced many institutions to shut their doors to avoid spreading the virus. This has led them to start using online education to keep up with their work.
Remote education has helped students keep track of their studies while still being safe at home.
However, online learning has brought several challenges and difficulties for both students and teachers.
For that reason, many schools are evaluating whether to return to regular education or maintain the current model they have.
Below, we’ll discuss some of the possible scenarios and consequences of Covid-19 and education.
Online learning has become the most feasible alternative to traditional education. That’s why many schools are implementing this trend.
Online education helps students to continue studying while still protecting themselves and their families from the virus. The only thing they needed was to have a computer and Internet access.
The pandemic accelerated this trend, but remote learning was already increasing before Covid-19 arrived.
Many institutions were offering both online and traditional education. However, Covid-19 may have increased the demand for online classes. Even after the pandemic is over, this might still be a trend.
One of the positive influences of remote learning is the use of technologies. Both teachers and students have been forced to interact with technology on a daily basis.
Therefore, they improved their tech literacy and developed new skills.
Many schools have been implementing new tech tools and invested in web and software development to improve the learning experience.
Some of those tools are online classrooms, Zoom meetings, and even training apps. After the pandemic, children might be more comfortable when interacting with technology.
Challenges of Remote Classes
Online education became a good option for many. However, some students didn’t have the same financial possibilities that most did.
Students who live in poverty have very different conditions. Some don’t have a computer or even Internet access, so they cannot keep up with online education.
The same thing happens with teachers who live in poor conditions. Although they may have the initiative to provide students with their lessons, they can’t always do it.
According to a recent report from the United Nations, 86% of students who live in countries with low human development have dropped out of school.
Many people believe that online learning isn’t for everyone. Many students have experienced unproductivity, lack of commitment, and inability to engage with the class.
Another aspect that is worth mentioning is students’ yield decrease. This isn’t a regular year, and we’ve been facing many challenges in the education industry. That’s why students’ productivity and educational level might not be the same as in previous years.
According to recent research from Education Review Office (ERO), 80% of schools were concerned about students’ achievements. ERO’s Chief Review Officer said in an interview:
“It is important to recognize that students and children starting in services, schools, and classrooms this year will not be where they would have been in previous years. Both their learning and wellbeing have been impacted. It is important that teachers understand where their learners are at”
Possible Solutions in the Future
Once schools reopen, they need to implement different strategies to protect students from a health crisis.
Many schools are waiting for children to get vaccinated before they reopen schools. However, they still need to continue providing hygienic measures to protect them, such as the use of alcohol and masks.
They might first implement a mix of both traditional and online classes to avoid exposure to crowded rooms.
The United Nations recommends schools invest some time in risk and IT management to strengthen the education system. This way, they’ll be prepared for any situation that may come up.
Covid-19’s impact on education is undeniable. The pandemic has completely transformed the way we teach and learn.
Now, online education has become more popular, and it might continue to be in-demand even after the pandemic is over.
However, many schools are evaluating the decision of going back to traditional education with certain sanitary measures to protect their students.
Besides, the education industry must find resilient ways to cope with the situation in low-income countries where students have no access to the Internet or computers.