COVID-19: The Face of New Normal In Education

There are more than billions of students worldwide who are affected by school closure. Schools have stayed closed and now one knows when the comeback is. The COVID-19 crisis has affected lots of learners, teachers, and non-teaching staff as well as their families. 

The disturbance caused by the COVID-19 has required the adoption of online learning in schools. Teacher training is a major consideration that will necessitate schools to readjust their budget allocation to respond to this emerging need. Online teaching needs a lot of preparation in a certain country. The teachers as well now find themselves having to use tools they are not familiar with. These will be great adjustments. 

Online education has become an advanced learning and teaching system over the past decade. Every learner of all ages uses this system and also working adults who want to continue their studies while on the job. At this moment, learners are continuing their education with a range of distance learning options. However, an online class has its advantages such as:

  • Better time management 
  • Improved virtual collaboration  and communication
  • new technical skills  and refined critical thinking skills
  • Self-paced learning

With the new school year being postponed, the learners/students should stay at home and encouraging schools to use online platforms for learning. It is an alternative way of teaching and learning. 

  • Online Education As An Imperative For Institutions 

Online learning is not new. It is going to be more regular and teachers must be prepared to teach online. The new is that the schools are embracing it as vital to how the next generations of learners are taught. Especially at this time where disruptions and disasters are gradually becoming the usual, universities and schools must train teachers. Encourage them as well to dedicate their time teaching online. It is not just about the pandemic we are facing now but also other calamities such as floods and earthquakes that will compel teachers and students to stay at home. Some classes are being conducted through video conferencing and using learning management systems. These will enable students to complete their presentations, assignments, assessments, and receiving immediate feedback from their teachers online. 

  • Use Of Open Textbooks

With the crisis of COVID-19, the schools are forcing into online instructions. They have this adaption of open educational resources as an inexpensive alternative to traditional books. Various sites offer a wide range of content to help implement open educational resources for any course. 

  • Blended Learning And Flipped Classrooms 

As the lockdowns at ease, we will begin to see adopting the blended learning approach. Those who are needed to move online learning during the COVID-19 crisis will begin to realize the full benefits of virtual education. Some schools will start to combine blended learning with a flipped-classroom approach. The typical classroom lecture and homework elements are reversed in a flipped classroom. 

The new normal education will be a priority not only as a potential source of revenue but also as a core to every school’s strategic plan. Most schools will invest in learning design by hiring educational technology consultants and instructional designers. The COVID-19 crisis allows the education sector to come together and share what works. If we do not do this now, we are missing an opportunity even if we may not have seen this before the crisis.