With the introduction of e-learning in educational institutes, the coronavirus pandemic has actually revolutionized the way we once thought of our slow-paced educational learning would be. These new solutions for education are slowly and steadily making a lasting impact on the trajectory of learning innovation and digitization. The pandemic has given an opportunity to remind ourselves of the skills students need in this unpredictable world such as informed decision making, creative problem solving, and perhaps above all, adaptability. Therefore, it is very important that education should also help to build resilience to face various threats in students.
As of March 13, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data stated that over 421 million had been affected are affected due to school closures announced or implemented in 39 countries, Well, it is too early to figure out whether COVID-19 can affect education systems around the world, but there are signs suggesting that it could change for the better in the long run.
Following are the few ways that could reshape the future education:
For older students, who now have more time on their hands, could use the various e-learning platforms to hone their skills. It has been observed that YouTube is an excellent resource for self-directed learning, especially when it revolves around skill development. When a learner opts for self-learning, he makes his own goals and creates strategies to accomplish it. Parents should also lend a helping hand. They should help their kids to discover a skill they want to learn and then encourage them to even make their own instructional video.
Within a few weeks of the lockdown, we have been witnessing educational collaborations or tie-ups are taking shape between stakeholders - including governments, publishers, education professionals, technology providers, and telecom network operator. They are coming together to utilize digital platforms as a temporary solution to the crisis. In countries like India, where education has predominantly been provided by the government, this could become a prevalent and consequential trend to future education. In order to make e-learning more effective across all sections of the society, the government should enter into a dialogue with these internet service providers, with the aim of driving the cost of data down.
Until now the change in our education system was going through a slow pace but the COVID-19 has become the agent for change in the educational institutions worldwide to search for innovative solutions in a relatively short period of time. Many private schools and colleges have distributed learning materials online so that students can learn from home.
Parents should not think that the various online platforms are a replacement for regular studies, but rather as a supplement to what is being offered. This includes online programs that schools are sending, as well as official video interaction. For making them learn through the new technology, teachers are there to support the kids. There are many teachers, who have created brilliant online content to help the students.