What’s next: The Future of Education After COVID-19

computer and learning
computer and learning

No one saw a global pandemic as the mark of a new decade, but here we are. The majority of the world is still in lockdown, with some countries looking to tighten their policies more as COVID-19 continues to threaten society’s stability.

Education is no exemption as schools have closed, and the digital school has become the new normal. What, then, is the future of education after COVID-19?

How is Education Changing?

Wearing masks and social distancing is the current picture of reality in many, if not all, locations in the globe today. Millions find themselves unable to return to their ways as the spread of COVID-19 was unprecedented, especially in a modern age that is supposed to be years advanced in technology.

But, we are coping, and one way that represents the change brought about by this development is online schools for the last school year. [1]

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The New Normal in Education

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Children could not return to their classrooms physically as they might carry the virus back home.

There is a need to minimize the danger of spreading COVID-19 through asymptomatic carriers in school (a role that may be anyone, including children, the teacher, and the staff).

The term asymptomatic refers to those who may not show symptoms in public, likely because they do not belong to the high-risk profile.

The teacher now facilitates kids through educational platforms like Google Classroom, and classes are done virtually via video conferencing software like Zoom. Children in both public and private institutions are pushed to master new technology to continue pursuing their academic requirements.

The feedback has been generally mixed, as our team has gathered firsthand from interviews with students and their professors.

Many students going to school (both public and private) think reopening last year was stressful. But these children are willing to give it a chance since at the rate we are going, they see no likely return to the past methods.

People do not see when the pandemic threat will end, and most schools are already considering a regular shift towards online classes. It is a small sacrifice, so society can first help its economic interests like reopening businesses. [2]

So, What Next?

With this rationale, we have compiled some important topics that a student like yourself is probably asking about education after this crisis. These brief insights can help you plan your academic goals amidst the changes that will be implemented.

Remote Learning

The digitalization of school support materials has already progressed well even before the pandemic. The turn of the millennium, in particular, has opened the doors for online courses from top universities for those with no economic access to attend physical classes. These classes are often offered for free or with minimum administrative fees as they cater to the underprivileged population.

And now, the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing about an increase in popularity for distance learning. It is currently the required methodology for a majority of the countries that are still struggling with the virus.

There is no clear end to the pandemic at the moment, and scientists have pointed to the possibility of this being just the first in a series of global pandemics that the human race will be facing in the future.

Thus, distance learning seems to be what everyone should expect in the future.

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Impact on School Curriculums

The approach that involves physical classes and frequent examinations for determining grades has been in place for such a long time. But, digital technology is challenging its relevance, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have further highlighted this.

The curriculums that teachers are now drafting to facilitate the reopening of schools are designed to be personalized and people-driven. Rather than being confined to a rigid standard educational plan, the student can now ‘design’ their path to learning the lessons they have to cover well.

The teachers’ role will be to facilitate this learning through the technology available, track the progress, and give professional advice based on the results.

Other Considerations

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Many of the students and teachers (from both public and private schools), despite having access to the internet, have several apprehensions. While they can develop more technical skills and even have more time to spend with families, they find online classes ineffective compared to physical classes.

Currently, the set-up is still very much in its early stage, and most schools have yet to find the most suitable formula to facilitate classes. [3]

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist

How People Cope With The “New Normal”

It takes collective effort to achieve the maximum potential of any innovation, and the same is true for online learning, the future of education after the pandemic. Both the instructors (which include the parents) and students need to reform their approach on learning to make this work effectively.

As Teachers

Instructors, including both the teachers at school and the parents who will serve as the student’s guide at home, should inspire the younger generation to pursue life-long self-learning. To do this, they too should learn to become better facilitators.

Teachers have to let go of their paradigms that involve traditional teaching. Rather than focus on their materials’ content, they should provide more room for a learning experience in their curriculums and teaching methods.[4]

As Students

Students, on the other hand, need to be ready to work independently. They should also develop a natural hunger for learning, as education is now centered around them. Learners should develop a healthy study-life balance, wherein they do not confine themselves to just certain activities, but rather are always open for the whole experiential learning.[5]

Conclusion

You can cope with remote learning by following our general tips, although we are by no means experts in education. But, we believe that the information we have compiled above is sufficient to guide anyone looking towards improving themselves in preparation for the school’s future.

References:

[1] https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/transmission-of-sars-cov-2-implications-for-infection-prevention-precautions

[2] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hbe2.240

[3] https://www.futuresplatform.com/blog/future-education-after-covid-19-ai-becomes-teacher-while-humans-mentor-and-coach

[4] https://news.microsoft.com/apac/features/technology-in-schools-from-a-teaching-culture-to-a-learning-culture/

[5] https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1080732

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