Predictions on Projections: What learning will look like as a result of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought on stress and anxiety for the global population about the ongoing situation as well as what changes we will see as the world begins to reopen. Each day there are changes to the situations we find ourselves living with. We also have a little (or a lot) of uncertainty about what life will look like a month, a year, or even ten years from now. This past Tuesday night, our EDTC 300 class joined Dr. Alec Couros‘ class in a discussion on remote learning and what we expected to come in the future of education.

Looking at this coming fall, the group as a whole seemed to think we would be continuing with remote learning come September. Universities have already begun to announce that they plan to offer the majority of their courses online for the Fall 2020 semester and we expected this will likely be the case with elementary to secondary schools as well. We had the opportunity to break out into smaller groups to allow everyone to share their thoughts. In my group we mentioned that solely remote learning would likely continue into the fall, but also discussed the possibility of a blended sort of learning. The model we predicted would involve classes attending face-to-face classes on alternating days to prevent a high number of individuals from all being together in the schools. They would then have assigned remote learning lessons to go through and work away at until their next face-to-face class. This would allow for students to get the help needed and ask questions they are stuck on when they meet up again with their teacher.

We were also asked what we expected learning and teaching to look like five years down the road in 2025. In my smaller breakout group I commented that we wold likely be doing more blended learning. This is something I feel educators have been working towards anyways but with the push going on right now due to Covid-19, more and more educators are learning about some of the technologies that could be implemented to develop their online teaching. A blended teaching style would allow for the students to be more flexible in their learning and also help to teach them skills they would be able to take into the real world, such as time management.

While these seem like possible adjustments, there are many factors outside of the education system that can affect how smooth these alternate learning styles can be put into place. First, many parents will be going back to work once the province opens up. This would mean parents would have to find someone to care for their children while they are away at work. There is also the connectivity challenge. If we were to switch to a largely online based style of teaching there is a possibility that some students may not have their own devices to connect and have access to the programs some educators may want to use. These possible challenges along with others were ones that the group struggled to come up with a solid fix for.

Right now it is impossible to imagine exactly what teaching and learning is going to look like come Fall 2020, let alone Fall 2025. For the time being I believe it is important for current educators as well as pre-service teachers like myself to understand and explore as many programs and technologies that can aid in remote teaching as possible. And if we do end up back in face-to-face classrooms sooner than expected, all that we learn right now will be there to complement the face-to-face learning and prepare us for a future that is becoming more and more technology based.

If you are interested in checking out other possible challenges in remote learning and some of their solutions, visit this blog post done by the Kami app: “Common remote learning challenges and how to fix them”.


Common remote learning challenges and how to fix them

Image retrieved from:  “Common remote learning challenges and how to fix them”.

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