Almost overnight, the pandemic pushed learners of all ages — as well as parents, educators, and administrators — into remote learning opportunities. For many, this necessitated urgent advancements in, and scaled deployment of, online learning strategies, processes, and platforms. This urgency is advantageous, because remote learning opportunities can be a boon to degree granting, continuing education, certification, and workforce development courses and programs.
By decoupling program participation and physical proximity, remote learning enables education — which previously might have been tied to on-campus locations — to be offered online, on demand, and to a broad range of geographically-distanced individuals. With an internet connection and unencumbered by the barriers associated with physical classroom attendance, individuals can experience increased access to classes, resources, research, networks, and systems at any time and from anywhere.
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Thus, by leveraging technology, individuals can access a more robust range of opportunities to meet their personalized education, training, and workforce development needs. These opportunities, particularly successful workforce development initiatives, spur specialized skill building, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation, ultimately empowering individuals to participate in and create sustainable and inclusive economic stability and resilience.