The coronavirus pandemic has forever changed educational systems worldwide, impacting 91 percent of the world’s student population. In the United States alone, at least 1,100 colleges and universities have closed their campuses and moved all classes online.
This sudden change has left students feeling unsure of how to keep up with their academic work, how to stay connected with their classmates, and how to get one-to-one feedback from professors on their assignments and exams. All of these are valid concerns. But they’re also indicative of a glaring problem in the educational system: many colleges and universities are unprepared to digitally adapt their operational processes in the event of a crisis.
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The good news is that virtual learning can be just as informative, engaging, and impactful as physical learning. The key to success will come down to acknowledging the need for change and a willingness to adopt new processes and tools that could make remote learning less stressful and more impactful.