Written by Devang Patel
- 5 min read
In light of recent events around the globe, the effects of COVID-19 have impacted many individuals and their daily lives. Schools and learning institutions have been greatly affected by this. College and university administrators in some areas have chosen to cancel the spring semester or close schools for the foreseeable future. In other cases, we’ve seen administrators, teachers and parents have had to reevaluate how their students and children are being taught during this global epidemic. One of the biggest solutions for colleges and universities has been moving from the traditional classroom setting, to a virtual online education experience through E-Learning.
Although E-Learning has been common for colleges and universities for the past 10 years, for most teachers that teach elementary through high school – this concept is new. Grade school teachers have never been asked to teach online, and students have never had to sit in front of their computers or mobile devices to learn on a regular basis from their home. Grade school admins and teachers have had the challenge of finding the right solution and technology or software to teach online and ensure that their students are actually learning.
Not only has it affected students and teachers, but also parents. Overnight, parents had to reevaluate and make sure that their children were well equipped and disciplined to properly learn from their homes with the newly required technology and software. We’ve seen schools offer laptops and mobile devices to students who may need them. Some schools have even asked parents to hold themselves responsible in making sure their children continue their education from home by giving them the assignments that they would normally give in class.
Many parents are at a loss and struggle with how to ensure their children are learning and staying up-to-date with their class material. E-Learning is more important now than it’s ever been. We are seeing more and more E-Learning platforms and software being offered so that people can efficiently continue their education – in wake of situations like this global crisis. It is important that education doesn’t come to a stand still, and that parents, students and teachers find different solutions to confidently continue to educate both children and young adults.
The great thing about E-Learning is that you can pretty much find online courses for almost anything. We’ve seen platforms like Udemy disrupt the formal education model by offering almost every course available at schools and universities. We’ve seen the likes of MasterClass offer online courses taught by elite professionals in different industries.
As more people flock to finding education online, we know one thing – E-Learning is quickly becoming the new standard for education.