Is Remote Education Here to Stay?

Increasingly our day to day lives are moving to an online platform as a digital future seems almost inevitable – our utility habits have moved to our smartphones as we can pay bills and check payments instantly with the touch of a button, our gaming habits have become mobile as growing popularity of certain genres despite regulation aimed at preventing growth in areas like gambling continue to thrive with a huge surge in sites and users as list them – the next two big frontiers in both work and education may also be ready to cross the threshold, as 2020 and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have allowed the holdouts to try for change.

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Many of the larger institutions have already announced that they will be swapping to a largely remote education system in 2021 as the ongoing pandemic continues to cause concerns, but even with aims of a wider vaccine rollout within the next few months that commitment could still remain in place. Where many have voiced concerns for the change, an equal number have stated how much this change benefits them and their way of learning, and once systems have been put in place to deliver this only shift throughout the next year, there may be opportunities to continue the growth and offer a more permanent adjustment to remote learning.

It doesn’t come without its own challenges however, much of the software currently being used such as Zoom certainly isn’t built to equip online learning and there may need to be something more specialized or some addons developed in the coming years to allow for an easier transition for those who would like to pursue remote learning full time, there’s also the ongoing discussion around cost – is it fair to expect the full cost of a university degree whilst classes are being held online? The big chunk to cut out would of course be the campus living expenses, but with course fees rising there may also be many who believe that there should be a change for courses which will remain online – however unlikely this may be to happen.

It’s still far too early to say whether or not this could ever be a possibility and next year will likely lay out all of the answers for whether or not it is feasible – although the focus will largely only be around higher education. Similar questions are also being driven for the remote worker and whether or not a more permanent change here is possible too – there have been many seeking remote work as a long term strategy for decades but having the infrastructure to put this in place has been a bit spotty, with this year leaving little choice and a major change happening very quickly it has indeed shown that it is possible and also successful – if the same can be replicated in education, it seems to reason that there may be no reason not to change if it is of preference, and if it helps you to achieve your goals.