Posted by ICON School on Jun 21, 2021 12:39:35 PM
Since the pandemic, many things have changed, including online learning.
Individuals and institutions from all walks of life were presented (some for the first time) with online learning, with mixed results. Those who were prepared had the best results. At the same time, those with a greater dependence on in-person instruction faced more challenges as they attempted to provide an education to their students under challenging circumstances.
Online Learning During the Pandemic: A Recap
Over a year later, what is the future of online learning, and how has it changed for the better (or worse) since the pandemic began?
Online Innovation During the Pandemic
You may have heard the phrase, “necessity is the mother of invention.” And hundreds of millions of children, teachers, and parents across the globe being forced to take their education online certainly did create a fertile atmosphere for innovation.
Instead of innovations and experimental solutions rolling out slowly over time, solutions had to be found and implemented literally overnight, with mixed results. Apps, devices, platforms, and technologies that had never been used or only used in small doses or on a small scale were put through their paces in a very short period of time, weeding out the poor performers and streamlining the better ones.
Partnerships and Private Options
In the scramble to find a way to provide education for students, partnerships between private, public, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations took shape at a fantastic rate of speed. The brightest minds were able to come together to provide educational resources and the technology to back them in ways that had never even been conceived of before when students needed it most, and many of these non-conventional alliances, partnerships, and programs may continue into the future.
Internet Access and Equity
Before the pandemic, internet access was still viewed by some as a very important but not essential aspect of educational parity (or equality). But when millions of students lost access to in-person instruction, access to the internet just became an equality issue. Children without access to the internet fell further behind than their peers, and the long-term effects of these disparities remain to be seen.
what is the future of online education?
The pandemic had a massive impact on learners all over the world, from preschool to Ph.D. This massive shock to the education system taught educators, students, and their families many lessons, and these are the key takeaways:
We now have a better understanding of what does and doesn’t work regarding online learning. The tactics and technologies that work the best will continue to improve.
Online learning has more public and private support and will continue to grow as a valid and expected mode of learning.
Internet access isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity when it comes to accessing quality education, and both public and private entities will be investing heavily in this in the future.
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