Right now, different countries are at different stages of their COVID-19 infection rates. But what has been consistent is the sudden shift from teaching classroom learning to an online learning experience. While there has been a marked increase in online learning – where learning is distance and on digital platforms – it remains to be seen whether this trend will continue in the post-pandemic world.
Some experts believe that a new model of hybrid education will emerge which will gradually establish itself as an integral part of education.
However, others believe that the rapid transition to e-learning without sufficient planning, preparation and training can lead to a poor user experience, creating an environment that is not conducive to sustainable growth.
While there have been successful transitions, some challenges could lead to major setbacks in the adoption of an online education model in universities.
In countries where there are large gaps between the privileged and the unprivileged, there is a massive digital divide. While some students do not have reliable internet access, others do not have the digital equipment necessary to participate in digital learning.
Nonetheless, research shows that the pandemic may have been the catalyst for the adoption of technology in education and that these changes are here to stay because of the benefits offered by the technology.
But how are educational institutions adapting? I list three adjustments universities will need to make to prepare for the “new normal” in education:
1. Go mobile
COVID-19 made the idea of the distributed campus a reality. With the help of mobile apps, students can take their university with them wherever they go.
Experts believe this trend is here to stay. Even when universities open, the ability to take courses on mobile apps will remain.
Collpoll is an example of an edtech start-up that offers a one-stop shop for students, professors and management. The software offers more than 40 modules designed to address different aspects of campus management, from admissions to exams.
This web and mobile AI-based software is developed to address the increasing complexity of online course delivery and campus management in the coronavirus-affected world and beyond.
2. Create online backup programs
The post-pandemic world may have colleges and universities returning to full attendance on campus, but it will need online backup programs to deal with unexpected emergencies that can arise at any time. Many universities have learned this the hard way.
Although comprehensive online programs are already part of the academic portfolios of many universities, those who have not carefully planned their online academic repertoire should do so quickly to prepare if they face a similar situation in the future.
One of the ways that higher education institutions can prepare is by investing in software like Instructure. This edtech software allows teachers to create new courses and assign homework to students.
3. Offer a better quality of online courses
The pandemic has taught us some difficult lessons. This has forced universities to take a careful look at what constitutes a great online learning experience and made them strive to deliver it to their students.
Taking online courses on video platforms doesn’t help provide a great online learning experience, but automating the entire online process on a single platform for better management and user experience. can help you get there.
Torsh is an example of a professional learning platform that aims to provide top-notch education for students and improve teacher performance. It helps bridge the teacher-student divide with relevant next-generation solutions.
In short, universities need to make adjustments to stay relevant now and for the foreseeable future. Online learning will play a bigger role in higher education. Universities and colleges need to keep this in mind and invest in computer technology designed and developed to help them stay afloat from that point on.
Arnav Kakkad is a software analyst at Collpoll, an AI-based online platform for digital learning and campus automation. He is also part of their digital team where he contributes to marketing strategies, planning and content development.