There has been a massive immersion of technology and education due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Today, it would be uncommon to find a student who doesn’t rely on technology to go to class. In fact, 90% of students in the world are stuck at home because of the pandemic, causing them to turn to distance learning. However, the norm of using technology in the classroom to this level is extremely new. Yet, it’s already changed education forever. As a result, there’s been a shift toward innovation in higher education. The future of college is set to be extremely digital, but there may be challenges along the way.
Video conference and communication platforms are the amongst the most crucial software being used in distance learning. Tools like Zoom and Slack help continue the classroom dynamic, even when everyone is online. China has gotten creative with their use of edTech in distance learning: 120 million students now access learning material through live TV. Today, old-school teaching methods that were based on outdated technology are being extremely refined. All in all, the pandemic seems to be a catalyst to quickly search for innovative methods. This also drives the computer science and tech workforces.
As a result of distance learning’s success, universities are left struggling. Due to the pandemic, American universities could lose 25% of international students, which was reported as a $48 billion market in 2018. In the worst case scenario, the US is projected to lose $347 billion in revenue as a result of business loss. However, given the massive expense of college and the benefits distance learning provides for the student, this isn’t of concern of many.
With this being said, how will distance learning change the way students learn? Every generation brings change to the world, and we’re finally seeing the day college doesn’t require students to leave their bedroom. While no physical classes can be mentally draining for the student, increasing their feelings of loneliness, stress, PTSD, and depression, many students prefer its convenience.
The question is: will in-person learning make a return? Some experts predict a surge in integration of in-person and online learning, and According to the American College Health Association, universities can anticipate changes for at least the next 12-18 months.
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