What To Expect In A Post-Covid Education Sector
Governments around the world shut down educational institutions temporarily in a bid to contain the spread of the outbreak. Across the globe, 1.3 to 1.5 billion learners were affected by the closure of schools and universities. Around 72% of the student population in the globe was affected, and other countries implemented localized restrictions that impacted other learners as well. Remote learning was implemented to reduce the impact of the pandemic on education. It isn't quite clear what to expect after the pandemic passes, but there are some predictions to this effect.
Sports Will Vanish Due to Social Distancing
Due to social distancing, high fives, warm handshakes, and hugs are considered unsafe. Post-Covid, these methods of greeting will not be encouraged. Personal greetings, intimacy, and smiles have been removed from the classrooms of tomorrow. Social networking, friendships, huddles, and campus bonding will be left on hold for some time. As these invisible walls come up, the fun and euphoria of schools will be diluted. Sports will be the hardest hit aspect. Swimming pools, tracks, and gyms may also remain shut. When they eventually open, tournaments and competitive sports may be held back for a long time.
Tech Will Take Over Teaching
To enable remote or distance learning, technology will come into the picture. However, the mechanics of remote learning are not equitable. Students need reliable Internet service as well as capable computing technology to follow up remote learning. These factors are not always guaranteed in third world countries. Educators are already working on offering science lessons such as geography in 3D. This immersive teaching method can make learning fun even though it isn’t in a traditional classroom. Students will definitely learn fast when they have a 3D heart to work with. Tech is expected to enrich teaching, but it cannot do so unless technologists innovate and persevere.
School Bags Will Become Lighter
Students carry large books to school daily in many countries depending on their grade and age. In many third-world countries, students also carry lunch boxes and water bottles along with heavy books. Tech and digitization may help shed some of the weight. Also, homework will be moved to the Internet as many schools are implementing it already. For this to reach different parts of the world, it will take some time. However, it is bound to happen eventually.
Personalized Education and Blended Learning
The pandemic created an opportunity for the development of new types of blended education. Before the outbreak, there was a demand for flexible teaching methods to address the need to reskill and upskill the new generation for the digital economy. Adult learners will be interested in micro-credentials that allow them to learn specific skills. The demand for learning paths or relevant courses will increase to prepare these learners for blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, machine learning, virtual reality, big data, voice deployment, and data analytics. The rise in the demand for online coding bootcamps during the lockdown is proof that this is already happening. More and more people want to learn new skills to position themselves for a tech-inclined future. Sites like jobtraininghub.com offer skills training for such learners.
Experts predict that there will be a lot of experiential learning as well. Masterclass formats will emerge from the professionals, and it will be digitally delivered. This will also be self-funded and self-motivated. Passion learning will entice more adult learners who want to learn skills or hobbies they always wanted to take part in. Since the pandemic reduced socializing and travel and increased remote work, there will be enough time for such learners to indulge themselves.
Upskilling and Reskilling
With the fourth industrial revolution on the way, many people will begin to reskill to find a place in the workplace of the future. More courses in technology will be pursued because the revolution will usher in the automation era. Vocational courses may also become more popular. Unfortunately, many universities do not cater to such domains.
The impact of the Covid pandemic on the education sector has yet to be seen. So far, educators and governments can agree that low-income families are the most disadvantaged so far. High-income families can always afford extra skill acquisition programs for their kids. The other end of the spectrum has other more pressing issues to handle.