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How Do We Move Courses Online for a Future Beyond COVID-19?

In today’s educational landscape, the concept of the transition to online learning is not a novel one, nor is it solely a consequence of the recent pandemic.

Online universities, remote learning, and digital courses have been around for some time, but the demand for the transition to online learning is soaring. It’s being hailed as a driving force behind what’s often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, history teaches us that revolutions can rise and fall, impacting millions. This leads us to a critical question: How do we ensure that the transition to online learning remains a secure and lasting part of our future, beyond the pandemic and the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

A quick Google search for ‘how many courses have moved online in 2020’ yields a staggering 13,630,000,000 results in just 0.66 seconds. Undoubtedly, EdTech is at its zenith right now, progressively replacing conventional learning methods. According to a global survey conducted by UNESCO, the outbreak of COVID-19 was poised to affect over 220 million tertiary-level students worldwide (1).

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Finding a Sustainable Solution

As we transform the way we deliver education, our primary aim is to meet the diverse needs of learners worldwide, both in the present and for generations to come. To ensure that the transition to online learning becomes an integral part of our future, we must focus on delivering courses and programs of high quality that stand the test of time. Brands like ‘Coca-Cola,’ ‘Shell,’ and ‘Levi’ have achieved this by not just meeting basic human needs but by ensuring their legacy endures. This is the perspective we should adopt when designing online courses—seeing them not as mere ‘hot and fast’ products, but as resources that remain relevant for years to come.

While we’re moving swiftly to meet the high demand for transition to online learning, we must also take a step back and ask ourselves how these courses and programs can reach millions, cater to diverse learning needs, and foster engaging and sustainable learning experiences. We need to consider how our technology can cater to every student—whether it’s a stay-at-home parent, a first-generation student, a career-changer, an inventor, or the future iterations of these learners. Effective design requires a deep understanding of who we are creating for; the core of EdTech is not technology alone but the human element.

Our Evolving Normal

The phrase ‘the new normal’ is becoming increasingly common. But what does it truly mean, and more importantly, what does it signify for our future, particularly in education? While we may not have all the answers in the coming year, one constant remains—the learner. As learning methods advance, we must ensure that educational experiences promote inclusivity, accessibility, and affordability. It should not merely substitute traditional learning but enrich lives and facilitate interactive and effective learning.

In summary, the transition to online learning is a transformative journey that has gained momentum in recent times. As we navigate this shift, our focus should be on sustainability, quality, and inclusivity. By designing online courses that stand the test of time and cater to the diverse needs of learners, we can ensure that transition to online learning remains an integral part of our future beyond any revolution or pandemic.


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