Coronavirus pandemic has affected different fields and industries all across the globe. But the most affected field by this is the education sector. From local schools to large-scale institutions had to postpone their programs and examinations. Due to lockdown, schools were closed and this disturbed the education process for more than 1.5 billion students. Realizing the need for digital disruption, the education sector utilized transformed methodologies that indulge in smooth communication and flawlessness between different terminals of the process.
Technological transformation particularly including the digital assets and the internet played a crucial role in adopting a new and relatively effective education module during and post-COVID. Such an approach reduced the mutual gap between the educating institutions or individuals and learners. However, many argue about the privacy and security standards of online education and raise speculations that it may possibly undermine data security and may also challenge the determination of learners. On the other hand, many recall the vital role of technology in the future of the education sector and even today.
Governments and public organizations have taken such privacy concerns seriously and emphasized indulging in strong security protocols for technology resources providing education in tough times such as during a global pandemic. The main objective of such awareness of public organizations is to scrutinize the ways technology serves its sole purpose of educating people using its resources. Such an approach comes as a result of attentive steps taken up by institutions responsible for legitimating the utilization of technology solutions for education and maintaining its credibility.
How Has COVID Affected the Conventional Education Model
Due to the inequality of resources available for people in particular regions of the world, education has always been a rare element that existed therein. The education sector had faced even more detrimental impacts during the pandemic. Even in developed countries, the situation has not been any different. Education leaders then realized the need to restructure the support and mobilization of educational resources. Though there are magnitudes available of the loss the education sector had to bear because of the pandemic, the African continent has been the worst affected alike any other global-scale crisis occurred in the past. It has adversely affected the financial structure of the education sector with several setbacks causing instrumental issues in the foundation of the process.
Such impacts have not only affected academic education but plenty of childcare and other awareness programs where people were taught on dealing with some social issues.
Technological Transformations Led By Industry Leaders to the Field of Education
5G technology has been a key playing a crucial role in plotting the right path for digital education in these times. Countries like the US, China, and Japan have enough bandwidth to indulge in high-scale utilization of technology for education. Technology leaders have provided tools using virtual reality and augmented reality to visualize education virtually. Education has been dramatically influential because of such mediums. During the pandemic, there has been a dramatic rise in the popularity and utilization of service providers offering these tools. From court hearings to ministerial campaigns, live video conferencing wasn’t utilized as much as now. Learners could take their lectures online through video conferencing tools.
The main difference we see today in the market of such tools and technologies is of involvement and admiration from public agencies to maintain the flow of several important processes such as education. This was an approach to save students who might suffer more because of uncertainty in the lockdown process.
In India, the government took the help of technology leaders for helping them broadcast virtual classes through mediums like television. Such an approach was to increase the reach of education to areas where the internet couldn’t reach. Also, this would educate a larger number of students.
Online virtual classes and other such tools have provided a replica of offline classes in real-time. Along with AR and VR, the utilization of technologies like Artificial intelligence and machine learning has created position impacts on the level of conventional education modules. It has helped digital education to be more personalized. Students can utilize tools that would help them translate the education content to their regional languages in real-time.
With the help of technology, education has gone beyond the classroom. It has been made more viable, interactive, and sustainable. It has also filled many process-related gaps between educators and learners.
The education system has adopted new technology resources playing a significant role in transforming human interaction and information conveyance in a peculiar way. This has indulged in independent and more personalized teaching experience using advanced technology resources. E-learning tools are among the main technology assets that have been used to empower education even in the times of a global pandemic and continue the process.
Online education platforms have seen a staggering increase in the number of students enrolling for new courses. It is somehow a throughput focusing on skill development along with academic education. Technology helped educators to utlilize creativity and comprehensiveness of their teaching content to educate better and do not break the flow.