A few requests to share perspectives on online education. COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom. Education has changed dramatically with a distinctive rise in e-learning, remote learning on digital platforms. Online learning shows an increase in retention of information, offers fun & flexible learning time.
With a sudden shift away from classrooms around the globe, we’re wondering whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic. Even before COVID-19, there was already a high growth & adoption in education technology with global ed-tech investments reaching US$150 billion in 2020. Overall market for online education is projected to reach $350 Billion by 2025. Whether it is language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools or online learning software, there’s been a significant surge in usage since COVID-19.
In response to significant demand, online learning platforms like BYJU’s are offering free access to services. Tencent classroom has been used extensively after Chinese government instructed a quarter of a billion students to resume their studies online due to Covid-19. This resulted in the largest online movement in the history of education. Free online courses from Ivy League Schools in the US.
While some believe the unplanned, rapid move to online learning with low training, insufficient bandwidth, the digital divide & little preparation will result in a poor learning experience, others believe a new hybrid model of education will emerge. The integration of information technology in education will be accelerating. Online education will become an integral component of overall school education. Students will be able to learn at their own pace – reading, skipping, accelerating through concepts as they choose. We need affordable, easy, effective collaboration tools & innovative engagement methods that promote inclusion, personalisation, passion, curiosity & intelligence.