COVID-19 is forcing universities to look for new teaching methods

As COVID-19 locked down many public education places, institutions, teachers and students had to adapt to ways of online education. This is very important as education will have to continue through the years of pandemic. Scientists from University of Birmingham and UCL found that COVID-19 is forcing universities to innovate online learning opportunities.

COVID-19 emptied the classrooms, making both teachers and students to adapt to online education. Image credit: Akbarali via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Public education spaces are not as safe as they used to be. They are always pretty crowded, making them perfect hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. Not good. Once the pandemic has set in, students and teachers had to move classes online. This transition wasn’t easy and it’s not going to be in the future either, but it did force out some innovation. More learning material was moved online and face-to-face classes became online conference calls. However, scientists say that transition to online learning must be carried out carefully and that structured approach is needed.

Scientists found that online teaching requires more focus and, therefore, is more tiring and time-consuming. Although students accepted the new paradigm of their education process, this transition was not easy for anyone. Scientists found that students were missing campus and engaging in face-to-face learning encounters. This is partly related to the changed ways of our lives. Students are not able to engage in the same kind of entertainment that they are used to either, making them locked in their own homes. No one likes the feeling of being trapped.

Professor John Bryson, co-author of the study, said: “The transition to online learning must be considered carefully and a structured approach adopted – embracing this opportunity, but remain aware of pressures associated with teaching and learning from home. This transition is an opportunity to enhance student experiences by blending online and face-to-face teaching encounters in new ways”.

As autumn is nearing, students and teachers are preparing for the new school year. This time it is going to be different, because online classes will likely be combined with face-to-face modules. This may be an improvement, but only time will tell if it is going to work. It is more than likely that we will have to return to a quarantine regime pretty soon.

Focus on your education. COVID-19 pandemic will pass and you can emerge from it more ready for the challenges ahead.


Source: University of Birmingham

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