Changing educational trends in COVID -19 world

By-Parul Thakur

In the times of COVID-19 pandemic, when the lifestyle and ways of living of millions around the world have changed, education system is also changing .

Educationcan change for the better and worse in the long term. Suspension of schools and universities have caused a degree of inconvenience, leading to shift in educational approaches. Although it is too early to judge how COVID-19 can affect the education system around the world. But there are few trends that could hint at future transformation.

 

  • Change in education could lead to surprising innovations

In past, change in academic institutions globally have been slow and lamentable. Knowledge was majorly shared through centuries – old lecture based approach. However, COVID-19 has encouraged the educational institutions worldwide to search for innovative solutions that slows the virus spread not the knowledge spread. With this new challenge, educational institutions are truly embracing the “learning anywhere and anytime” concept with change in traditional in-person classroom to live broadcasts , Video interaction classroom, etc are some of the innovative ideas to cope with the crisis.

 

  • Public – private educational partnerships

Learning consortium and coalition have been taking shape in these times. With different stake holders such as government, publisher, technology providers  etc are coming up together to utilize digital platforms in time of crisis. They are working with an intention to continue using and maintaining the platforms even after COVID-19 . In China, the ministry of education has assembled as a group of diverse constituents to develop a new cloud based, online learning and broadcasting platform with an upgrade in educational infrastructure. They are setting an example of public – private educational partnerships.

 

  • Challenges measuring and validating learning:

Calendared assessments, notably high-stakes examinations that determine admission or advancement to new education levels and institutions, are thrown into disarray when schools close. Strategies to postpone, skip or administer examinations at a distance raise serious concerns about fairness, especially when access to learning becomes variable. Disruptions to assessments results in stress for students and their families and can trigger disengagement.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of building resilience to face various threats, from pandemic disease to extremist violence to climate insecurity, and yes, even rapid technological change. The pandemic is also 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. To ensure those skills remain a priority for all students, resilience must be built into our educational systems as well.