Covid-19 And It’s Impact On Learning

It is still too early to see how this Covid-19 Pandemic will affect the realm of digital learning in the long run but it’s clear that the e-learning world has and will be forever changed. 

Covid-19 will leave no industry unaffected and the after-effects will ripple on for many years to come. It is time to adapt to our new normal and prioritize learning the best we can.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in schools being shut all across the world leaving millions of children and learners out of the classroom and learning facilities. And as a result, education has changed drastically, with the prominent rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.

Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes coronavirus have caused might be here to stay. Especially now since there has been a huge shift away from on person education and training. 

Even pre-COVID, there was a rise in the use of online educational spaces and tools, but now, because for most of us there is no other option, there has been a significant spike in the usage of digital usage tools and platforms.

What does this mean for the future of learning?

While it is believed that the rise in online learning was somewhat unplanned it highlights the following matters – insufficient training, budgetary constraints, and little to no preparation which results in a poor user experience that is Not likely to produce sustainable growth. However, others believe that a new model of education will emerge, with great benefits, and eventually become an integral component of education. With that being said, many schools and universities have made really smooth transitions into the online learning space and that includes homeschooling. 

There will of course be challenges that come along online training but as we go along and adapt all of the processes will be analyzed and amended respectively. Each individual learner and teacher will have a different experience and face different challenges. 

And although the online learning space may be different, it still remains efficient, if not more so that classroom learning environments. 

There is a substantial amount of research that shows that on average, students retain 25-60% more material when learning online compared to only 8-10% in a classroom. This is mostly due to the students being able to learn faster online; e-learning requires 40-60% less time to learn than in a traditional classroom setting because students can learn at their own pace, going back and re-reading, skipping, or accelerating through concepts as they choose. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of online learning varies amongst age groups and environments. 

Could the move to online learning be the catalyst to create a new, more effective method of educating students? If so, It is our duty to explore its full potential.

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