The coronavirus pandemic has altered how millions of people all over the globe are educated.
New results for education could bring much needed innovation.
In a matter of just weeks, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has altered how students are educated around the world.
Those changes give us a foretaste at how education could change for the better – and the worse – in the long term.
With the virus spreading wildly across the Asian, European, the Middle Eastern, and the American Continents, Countries have taken rapid and critical steps in mitigating the development of a full-blown coronavirus pandemic.
In the past weeks, there have been manifold declarations suspending attendance at schools and universities. As at March 13, the ‘’OECD’’ assessed that over 421 million children are affected due to school closings announced or instigated in over 39 countries and counting. In addition to that, another 22 countries have announced partial “localized” shutdowns.
Control measures which are put in place have pushed millions of students into momentary ‘home-schooling’ situations, especially in some of the most heavily impacted countries, like China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and France. These changes have certainly instigated a degree of inconvenience, but they have also impelled new samples of educational advancement.
Though it is too early to conclude how reactions to COVID-19 will affect education systems over the globe, there are signs suggesting that it could have a long-lasting impact on the course of learning revolution and digitization.
Below, we follow three trends that clue at future revolutions:
1. Education – pushed and prodded to change – could lead to surprising improvements
The crawling of modification in academic institutes worldwide is appalling, with millennia-old, teaching-based tactics to lecturing, rooted institutional prejudices, and out-of-date classrooms.
Nonetheless, COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has become a compound for educational institutions globally to seek for groundbreaking remedies in a short period of time.
To help slow the virus’ spread, students in Hong Kong started to learn at home, in February, via interactive apps.
Over 120 million Chinese got entrance to learning material through live television transmissions.
Other easier – yet no less innovative – solutions were instigated worldwide.
Likewise, students at a school in Lebanon started leveraging online learning, even for courses such as physical education. Students shot and sent over their own tapes of athletic workout and sporting activities to their educators as “assignments,” propelling students to acquire new digital skills.
With the introduction of 5G technology in countries like China, US and Japan, we see scholars and solution providers truly welcoming the ‘learning anywhere, anytime’ notion of digital education in a range of setups.
Native in-person classroom education will be perfected with new learning modalities – from live broadcasts feeds to ‘educational influencers’ to virtual reality (VR) experiences. Education would become a routine that is assimilated into daily practices – a true way of life.
2. Public-private instructive partnerships could expand in importance
In the past few weeks, we have viewed educational groupings and coalitions taking form, with varied shareholders – including administrations, publishers, education professionals, technology providers, and telecommunications network operators – colliding to exploit digital stages as a momentary remedy to the crisis. In developing nations where schooling has principally been made available by governmental agencies, this could become a dominant and significant tendency to forthcoming education.
The Chinese Ministry of Education has amassed an assembly of diverse constituents to develop a new cloud-based, online education and communications platform as well as to enhance a suite of educational infrastructures, headed by the Education Ministry and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Through instances like these, it is obvious that educational innovation is receiving care beyond the archetypal government-funded or non-profit-backed social project. In the past decade, we have already seen far greater interest, and investments, approaching from the private sector in education solutions and innovations.
From Microsoft and Google in the United States. To Samsung in Korea to Tencent, and Alibaba in China, organizations are wakening to the tactical domineering of an educated population. However most ingenuity to date have been limited in scope, and relatively remote, the epidemic could make way for much larger-scale, cross-industry partnerships to be made around a mutual educational goal.
3. The digital rift could widen
Most institutions in infected regions are seeking stop-gap remedies to carry on teaching; however the texture of educating is profoundly reliant on the level and worth of digital access. Moreover, only about 60% of the world’s populace is online, for instance, most scholars in less advanced economies depend on teachings and assignments forwarded through WhatsApp or email.
The remedy is to reduce the cost of access to these latest technologies and increase the quality of access of education which will definitely solve the issue of digital divide.