Has Covid-19 ushered forth a new era of distant education?
During the coronavirus epidemic, an estimated 1.5 billion students in 160 nations were compelled to study at home. As a consequence, involvement in various types of digital distant learning (DDL) has expanded dramatically, including virtual classrooms, learning platforms, social media, online repositories, online evaluation, webinars, and recorded video courses.
Covid-19 accomplished in a few of months what many have been asking for years: an expanded role for DDL in the education sector. The European Training Foundation (ETF) has conducted a more in-depth analysis of the problem, mapping education and training solutions to the health crisis across 27 school systems in eastern Europe, Turkey, and central Asia.
E-learning continues to evolve, as technology increases and users’ attention spans decrease. “Microlearning” is growing, evident in new apps like Blinkist. It condenses information from nonfiction books into 15 minutes of audio, and it currently has 13 million users.
LinkedIn Learning caters to individuals or business teams offering more than 17,100 courses and learning paths “for every step of your career” taught by instructors with real-world experience, according to its website. Popular topics include leadership skills, spreadsheets and visual effects.
Some people looking to learn new languages into online platforms like LiveXP. Since its launch, the platform has provided more than 38,000 individual lessons in 37 languages.
Service users can access individual tutors from around the world to learn any of the 37 available languages for their needs, such as business communication, travel, exam preparation, etc.
In general, education and training systems, companies, schools, instructors, students, and their families seem to have adapted successfully to the crisis’s problems, often using unknown and untested technologies, as well as faulty processes and infrastructure. While the study’s findings highlight some genuinely remarkable accomplishments and partnerships, they also serve as a reality check for those who believe the internet can deliver on the promise of education for everyone, whenever and whenever.
The ETF report’s results indicate that with the appropriate assistance and training, many instructors were able to significantly improve their teaching methods in a very short amount of time.
A critical lesson from the outstanding response to the Covid -19 crisis is the recognition that the transformation is about more than’moving online.’ It is about committing to lifelong learning and ensuring that learning is really accessible to everyone.