With the rise of online education in recent times, the COVID-19 pandemic may possibly revamp the education system across the globe.
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, schools and institutions across the world have been shut to prevent the spread of the virus. Schools in about 100 countries are closed, thereby affecting the education of nearly 1 billion children. As they say, difficult times demand new and different ways of tackling the problems and so it has for the education sector. With online education on the rise, the COVID-19 may possibly revamp the education system in the entire world.
Highlights! COVID-19 gives a technological boost to the education world.
- COVID-19 pandemic has made homeschooling necessary in most parts of the world.
- The pandemic has given an opportunity for technology and education to collaborate.
- Has COVID-19 led to a start of education revolution?
Homeschooling becoming necessary
In present time, the coronavirus outbreak has made the education system look very different. While class education has been the age old method of teaching students, the pandemic has brought about some major changes.
With children stuck at homes, home schooling has now become important. And during such a scenario, it’s up to the parents to keep their child’s education on the track.
According to a survey, before the pandemic in the US around 1.7 million children were home-schooled out of national school population of 56.6 million. But this number has gone up of late.
A time for technology to aid education
Amid this crisis, the use of technology for educating students has seen a rapid surge. While universities and colleges have been using technology even before, it’s the schools where online education has become more vital.
Around the world, schools are using existing platforms like Microsoft and Google for educating the students. Video conferencing applications like Zoom have also grown rapidly amid this time and are being used for delivering online lectures to the students.
On the other hand, France has also taken steps in making education reach a larger mass during the crisis. France has created a “Ma classe a la maison” or “My classroom at home” program that is accessible on devices like laptops and smartphones. It provides four week of courses which is described as “confirmed pedagogical content” by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Hence, initiatives like these are necessary to keep the exchange of information going during this time. And technology is surely making its presence felt here.
Is it the start of education revolution?
“It is particularly inspiring to see entirely new ways of working emerging, ones that go beyond simply replacing physical schools with digital analogues.” – Tracey Burns, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
In Japan, some private companies are offering online education to children during the lockdown through a government digital platform.
However, Tracey Burns believes that it’s still too early to think of the regular schools being replaced by e-learning. On the other hand, Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills at the OCED, sees the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to re-organize the education structure.
According to Schleicher, schools and teacher should no longer be taken as “knowledge delivery systems”. The teachers should be empowered to take ownership of what and how to teach.
The COVID-19 pandemic has for sure highlighted the importance of technology in taking education to greater heights. And it won’t be long before e-learning takes center-stage. Post COVID-19, education might never be the same again.