Covid-19 has struck education all over the world, like a tsunami plus earth quick combined!
More and more universities and colleges are deciding to avoid face to face contact and teaching for at least this year.
The shift started at the beginning of this year and has been enormous and has exposed many weaknesses in our systems, especially in education.
So, we have to wonder what kind of results will come out from this Pandemic. Will people stick to a 4-year college or university education, or will it change completely?
To answer these questions like these, here are ten ways that our education system will adopt after the Corona crisis
1)Increase in Popularity of Skill Based Education
Believe me or not, our world is starting to shift from traditional education to skill-oriented. The shift already had begun, COVID-19 only acted as a catalyst.
The old model of going to college or university, get good grades, and get a job and work for 40+years is not going to do. That model is merely out-dated.
Now we are in the skill economy, meaning we need to embrace the idea of working free from restrictions, in the form of a free-lancer or more like a hidden talent.
So that you cannot count on anything, even the government, the only person you can truly rely on is yourself and the type of skillset that you posses.
Similarly, research conducted at Microsoft revealed that most of our new jobs by the end of 2025 would base upon digital skills.
People will now be no longer getting paid for simply being there but for the skill set.
In the Job economy, you get paid based on the time you spent, but you get paid for your results in the skill economy.
Hopefully, higher education will adopt this change, somewhat neglecting it by the end of the crisis.
2)Revolutionization of Online education
After Covid-19, the use of technology will dramatically rise in schools, colleges, and universities worldwide. The main reason for this acceleration is the implementation of online education.
Approximately 54.7 percent said that their online video consumption has increased during the previous months—South Korea: Online video class usage after coronavirus pandemic 2020. (n.d.). Statista.
Our world today is more digitally connected than was ever before, thanks to the internet. With the help of a simple click, the world information is in your hand.
Technology has created endless boundaries by which learning and classes can occur anytime, anywhere.
The use of online education ensures students are equipped with the skills to cope in a world dependent on technology.
As technology continues to advance, students will grow their learning with it.
Similarly, the idea of a teacher standing in front of a room full of students who listen and respond to a given direction will start to become extinct.
Each student will try to learn anything with their own pace.
Not only that, but they can also apply their up-to-date knowledge to solve real-life issues instead of memorizing words.
Another aspect of online learning is in the form of Online courses. These learning courses are an accessible and affordable way to get a nationally recognized and respected qualification.
During traditional education, when a student sits in the lecture, he must adapt himself to the class's rhythm.
But in an online course, they are free from any limits.
3)Shrinkage of Educational institution
Day by day, our Technology is not only advancing but shrinking in size.
If you look at the first computer that was ever developed, it was the size of a couple of large rooms covering 1,800 sq.—feet and hardly doing basic computing.
Even the computer's processing power in Apollo 11 took us to the moon was 100,000 times slower than the processor currently installed on your smartphone!
COVID-19 just made us realize that we have taught students the same way for hundreds of years, but these systems are not very adaptable to changing circumstances.
Our higher education has spent and is spending a large chunk of money on substantial infrastructures that are not beneficial to students in any way.
If you look at a university, they have lots of buildings, parking areas, administrative support, and residential dining halls and dorms.
Which to be honest are essential for an educational system but consume a lot of resources.
So, as we go online, they won't need students on campus or have fewer students on campus and scalable faculty. It will further reduce travel and other expenditures for students and make their learning more reliable and effective.
4)More Private sector Collaboration After COVID-19
Another important aspect associated with the post COVID era is that there will be many technology companies or technology-oriented companies likely to enter in the education sector because of online education dominating learning.
There will be many partnerships with education institutions, or even schools are likely to have collaborated with the technology companies to empower their courses and enhance their delivery of online education.
Due to this reason, Tech giants like Google have already released a set of digital courses from IT support to machine learning, so students are better prepared to utilize the digital platform in tackling the crisis.
This merging will not only benefit students but will have a profound impact on the quality of education.
Students will learn more and innovate in their desired fields, breaking the typical teaching method.
In short, after the end of this Pandemic, we will see drastic changes in policy-making, one of which will be an increase in Public-private sector collaboration
5)Implementation of Technologies like VR
As we know, the growth of virtual reality is increasing exponentially in entertainment like gaming and the film industry. Similarly, its impact can be seen rising in other relevant sectors of our lives, like education.
In the educational system, we've already seen the implementation of broad strategies for schools dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Due to this, many people now wondering whether we need to attend a specific physical space to get educated altogether.
Of course, one could argue that learning is much more than just gathering information from a video conference call through an online platform. Physical presence is a critical component of group learning.
But as technologies like VR gets better, these arguments become weaker.
We could emulate any university lecture. Imagine sitting in your VR chair all from your home's comfort, putting your VR headset on, and attending a lecture given by your professor or even an AI!
Also, we are primarily visual creatures, and decoding information from writing, which is to say reading (except for mathematics), is perhaps a very inefficient way of learning. So, change is necessary.
6) Redefining the Role of Teacher
For more than a century, a teacher's role in an educational institution has been the same.
Each teacher is standing in Infront of 30 or more students, teaching the same subject at the same pace to the same students, and performing multiple roles. They act as mentors, leaders as well as an educator in a student's life,
And the worst part is that they are underpaid. However, during COVID-19, people, including policymakers, realized how vital it is to redefine teachers' current role.
They realized that Technology should be used to benefit teachers to connect with students individually, guide them effectively, and teach them remotely.
In the past, students were taught the same regardless of their skill and ability, which resulted in poor outcomes, disrupting the learning process.
Even most professions treat the individual case differently; doctors don't prescribe the same medicine to every patient than why education should be different?
In the future, teachers would be facilitators of the proper learning process, visualizing students' pace of learning at a more personal level with the help of Technology.
And It will reshape our ideas on how teaching is delivered.
7) Gamification in Learning
By definition, Gamification is the use of game design and mechanics to enhance the non-game context of something. After all, on average, people spend 6 hours a week playing video and computer games, so its basic principles can be applied to almost everything, especially in education.
From an educational context, combining game elements into lesson plans can motivate students and make learning enjoyable.
Not only that, but Gamification, when implemented correctly, can also nurture different qualities and freedoms among students.
- The space to experiment, allowing students to explore and discover new strategies with given pieces of information.
- The freedom to fail, letting students make mistakes without consequences.
- The liberty of effort, with activities that allow students to go through periods of intense activity without studying as a burden.
- The freedom to think critically encourages them to see problems from a different perspective and make out of the box choices.
- The freedom to collaborate, so they can work together to solve problems instead of competing every time.
As COVID-19 disturbed the education process, it opened the door for students and teachers to continue learning through Gamification, and it would not stop.
As we can see here.
8)Changing of Curriculum
The pause given to educational institutions throughout the world in the form of COVID made them realize that just like other vital changes in out-dated ways of teaching, sudden changes in our learning curriculum are necessary.
As we know, teachers' jobs as educators are changing. It used to teach a class of kids what we learned and trying to inspire them to academic success.
Well, today, virtually everything is in our reach through the click of a button.
Now, if you've been around a while like, you might remember when struggled for access to Technology. You probably wanted more access to innovative ways to engage.
Well, those days are here; kids today have in their pockets powerful devices that can take notes, perform calculations, find the desired information in a fun way.
We have to visualize that students learning needs are very different today from what they were at the turn of the century. Students now focus less on what to learn and more on how to learn.
So, the old content delivery model is no longer relevant in a world of instant access to information.
That's why our jobs are changing, and that's why the curriculum has to change.
9) Steps to Close Digital Gap
Throughout the world, the gap in digital access is widening. In educational sectors, its effects are on the rise.
According to a recent study, nearly 9 million students lacked internet access for online research. Even more, than half of our world population does not have a reliable source of internet access.
Problems like these have existed for a long time, but COVID-19 has fast-forwarded us into a broad brand future.
Crisis change society, the opportunity here is to recognize that connectivity is essential.
Countries like Pakistan have even partnered with Private internet service providers to provide students affordable internet, and hopefully, more governments will follow the incentive. It will be a solution that bridge the digital divide.
10) Adoption of Online exams
Another important aspect of online education is the adoption of online mode of exams.
No one knows how long will this current Pandemic last. That's why it's quite impossible to conduct a traditional examination process in a pen paper-based manner.
Using Technology, more and more colleges and universities shift their examination approach to a more remote and online mode.
As our AI algorithms and live video monitoring system advance, traditional exams will be a thing of the past.
Lifelong learning is central to 21st-century education. It is about being able to make sense in a complex, rapidly changing world.
It's about developing skills with systems and technologies and integrating with them with old ones.
A combination of feedback from parents, students, and other professions will enable these ideas to be successfully integrated into the education system.
But as educators, their job is to shift the focus and make learning real, meaningful, and individualize the content for every student.
And as a student, it's time to prepare yourself emotionally and mentally, so you are ready when things get back to normal.
So, what do you think about these changes? Let me know them down in the comments!
Haris Khan (author) from Pakistan on September 19, 2020:
Yes, inequality throughout the world, especially in terms of technology is a big concern.
Hopefully, world leaders will step forward in shortening the gap.
Haris Khan (author) from Pakistan on September 19, 2020:
Thanx for reading my article here is another one on education, I am sure you will love it.
Kavya Jain on September 19, 2020:
COVID 19 has redefined educational system. From students to teachers, principals everyone is affected. E-learning is for rescue and it is here to stay. Great article. I enjoyed reading it.
Maham on September 18, 2020:
Number 7 was stunning but number 9 is essential of all.