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Technological advancements and the quest for time management have made online education a necessity. The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically increased the importance of online education. There is no doubt that online education will change with this pandemic. The need for online education will increase significantly. As a result, physical and face-to-face educational institutions need to find a way to keep up with this change.
Below are some of the ways in which online education will change because of the current pandemic
1. Advance Educational Technology
The coronavirus pandemic has told the world that education cannot remain the way it is forever. Learning from the typical classroom is a tried and tested method, but things need to evolve with time. With the coronavirus pandemic halting face-to-face teaching, online learning has taken the world by storm. Online learning has been in existence for quite some time, but its technological infrastructure requires improvement.
Now that practically the whole world must use online education for academic education, weaknesses in related technology have been brought to light. Prior to the pandemic, traditional online teaching and learning tools weren’t programmed for interactions. The coronavirus pandemic has necessitated the use of online collaboration and interaction tools such as Zoom, Google Hangout, Google Classroom, Virtual Classroom, tutorme.com, etc. Also, schools, colleges, teaching centers, etc. have started creating their own teaching-learning apps that suit and meet their students’ needs.
The new online tools are more helpful and are able to complement in-person instructions. These help the students to engage and interact easily with their teachers. Students are now getting used to the online learning system so that they can take advantage of its benefits and learn effectively.
2. Increased Accessibility
At the onset, online learning was quite restricted, because not everyone had access to computers and (stable) internet. This was, and still is one of the most prominent problems in online learning. However, the coronavirus pandemic is already having an impact on the situation.
Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions are scrambling to get their curriculum online. They want their courses to be available to their students through the internet. However, some issues are still holding back the progress.
The inability of some students to access laptops and stable internet connection is forcing the federal and state governments to improve the online educational system. They are now thinking of handing laptops to most/all students. They are trying to make internet connection available even in the most remote areas.
Also, schools are now realizing the need to provide laptops to their students. Even in developing countries, governments are doing everything possible to make online learning accessible to all.
Furthermore, provisions are being made to make online learning accessible to special needs students in the way they’ll understand better. If all these measures are put in place, home-based education will be made more comfortable and available for all. This makes the future bright for online learning.
3. Easier Work and Learning Options
Everyone wants the option of working while learning and learning while working. The flexibility of online learning makes that easier for everyone. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people to stay put at home and work from home.
Moreover, it has forced schools to close, and opened up more people to the idea of learning efficiently and effectively from home. The opportunity for seamless integration between working and learning from home is more vivid than ever before.
If this integration is efficiently introduced in the world, it’ll advance the future of online learning exponentially. This is because people have tasted the benefits of learning from home and working from home. The flexibility that comes with this seamless integration is a game-changing factor that will keep the future of online learning bright.
4. Increased Open-mindedness
Most people prefer conventional schooling to virtual schooling, but the coronavirus pandemic is making people re-think. There can be a balance between online and offline learning.
Furthermore, there can be a shift from conventional to online learning. Before this can take place, people have to be more open-minded about learning from home. People will get accustomed to home-based education due to its use now during the pandemic.
This will have a very big impact on online learning because people will find it easy to use the home-based learning system now and in the future. With a balanced offline/online learning system or a system shifted to online learning, roles will change as well. Students will begin to look at teachers as coaches.
The feedback system will be more centralized. This will make learning and understanding much easier for students. Also, students will have access to online curriculum and study materials to learn and study faster.
Teachers will be able to concentrate on one and all students simultaneously or consecutively, without feeling restricted by the typical classroom setting. This means that the weight on teachers, lecturers and tutors will be reduced. With benefits as powerful as this, the future of online education is super bright.
5. Boost Competency
It’s only essential for everyone to understand the rudiments and workings of the internet in this modern age. The use of the online learning system will push those who aren’t so good at using the internet to improve their knowledge. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world into online education like never before. Not everyone is used to this system and it’s hard for some to adapt to it. However, this period is encouraging competency-based teaching and learning.
Regular classroom schooling promotes academic excellence, competitiveness, and extracurricular activities just to help college applications or job applications. On the other hand, online learning encourages every online learner to search for extensive knowledge, without linking the knowledge to college admissions or job prospects.
Since this system is encouraging adaptability, flexibility, and other skills, competency will be more readily achieved. This competency-focused approach will help all to realize their full potential. These advantages are the reasons why people will lean favorably towards online education and certifications.
Pro-classroom people will argue against online education, but there is no doubt that online learning has made learning easier since the pandemic started. In fact, online learning has made the coronavirus pandemic a bit easier to handle. Education would have been virtually impossible if there were no online learning. Therefore, the importance of online learning has increased because of the pandemic and online education is here to stay. It’s possible that online education will gain even more prominence over face-to-face learning over time.