Many businesses have been able to benefit from an online presence during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are those who have been impacted by regulation and initiative change that can be found as platforms such as the Gamstop initiative for online gaming recent being granted more authority to block access for many players, despite this change this list from TBC shows a growing number of available sites for players to use that aren’t registered with the scheme – similarly platforms such as video streaming has been performing extremely well due to an increased audience and more free time, but there may be a growing opportunity for education, particularly at the University level to see a change.
A growing number of institutions have already announced that they will be moving their next academic year to a full online platform with some of the bigger names including the prestigious Harvard university. There have been some challenges to overcome that have been seen across all levels of education however, but the last few months have provided a perfect testing ground to see what can work and what isn’t so great.
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The first has been figuring out the infrastructure issues that have popped up – although video conference programs such as Zoom have been a massive help there have been some issues with capacity as more users began to use the platform showing the requirement for a purpose build platform for educators and students to use as a whole. There have also been similar challenges as found for remote workers as there had been uncertainty where or not it would actually work logistically – having people from different backgrounds being unable to access at certain times, for example, has been a big hurdle to overcome.
If success can be found over the next year of online learning for many different institutions though, it could cause a more permanent shift toward online learning for those who are able to do so. A similar shift is being seen in working as a more permanent change toward remote working has been suggested and implemented for many as a big test run for a thought experiment that has been around throughout modern business, education hasn’t really followed this same path until recently however despite platforms such as the Open University being available.
It will take a little time to discover the viability of a shift to online learning as a more permanent platform and the next year or two will be a defining moment for education, it could lead to problems with distance being a restricting factor for attendance, or see a change for the cost of further education for example – the pandemic has had a huge ripple effect across so many sectors and businesses, the ability to roll with those changes and make a shift like has been seen here could be the difference between surviving a similar event in the future or succumbing like many have during this current and ongoing pandemic.