Things are not the same with the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. All of us have been pushed to our homes to stop the diseases from spreading. However, this doesn’t mean that our activities can stop. Especially in fields like education, missing a lot of time is detrimental for a college-going child.
However, educators have found a way. Most universities have shifted their classes online. Teachers have been directed to produce online lectures while students have laptops as their new note registers.
Is America ready for this change? Let’s find out.
WHAT PROBLEMS IS THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN CAUSING FOR EDUCATION?
America has 1.5 million faculty members, a
However, 70% of them have never taught a virtual course before, according to education technology researcher Bay View Analytics.
The $ 600 billion higher education industry is being forced to move towards an avenue it never cared enough to develop.
However, long time evangelists of distance education are hailing this as a blessing in disguise. They feel that reluctant institutions will finally be forced to adopt online learning modules and improve their digital infrastructure. This will improve access to education and lower the costs involved in their opinion.
“Even though another perspective says that this could be counterproductive. Schools that haven’t historically embraced online education are now being forced into it,” says Michael Horn. Michael is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and a higher education consultant. “Rather than becoming a crowning moment for online education, this crisis could provoke a backlash.”
However, what has been the success of online education in reality? Studies have reached mixed conclusions about the efficacy of online courses, which vary widely in quality. Concerns include low completion rates, especially among underprivileged and less-prepared students. With a few notable exceptions, such as Georgia Tech’s roughly $7,000 online computer science master’s degrees, institutions often charge about the same for an online degree as an in-person.
As America deals with Coronavirus, it’ll be interesting to see the future of online teaching. It can become the norm altogether. There is also a chance that it might be abandoned.