Online learning is the future of education–at all levels, but especially in higher education. Project-based learning, once only a valid teaching strategy in a vocational classroom or hands-on setting, is now becoming a reality in online learning. The COVID-19 has resulted in schools and borders shut all across the world. Many students could not attend school in person because of the pandemic.
As a result, education changed dramatically as students had to instantly adopt new education technology to assist them in learning. Through this technology, students interact with peers and faculty members in projects that allow them to demonstrate real-world skills. Through the use of technology, students can research, present, and broadcast their ideas more efficiently and effectively through chat groups, video meetings and also document sharing.
I believe that the integration of information technology in education will be further accelerated and that online education will eventually become an integral component of school education. I believe traditional offline learning and e-learning can go hand in hand.
However, I struggle to believe if in the future online learning will completely replace the traditional offline school education. Simply because there are many challenges to overcome. Students from poorest countries are constantly faced with challenges like electricity cuts, very expensive data, unreliable internet access and lack of proper ICT equipment. Which makes it hard sometimes for them to participate in digital learning. I have never heard students from better countries complain about issues like that. This gap is seen across countries and between income brackets within countries. There is still a significant gap between those from privileged and disadvantaged backgrounds.
What do you think about the future of online education?