Due to COVID-19, we have seen a sudden and drastic shift to digital life. This transition has also been observed in the education sector, with lectures moving away from the traditional classroom model to online sessions.
With this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some are wondering whether the adopted practice of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic and how such a shift would impact the global education market.
Even before COVID-19, education technology was a sector characterized by high growth rates and rapidly increasing market penetration, with global Ed-tech investments reaching US$18.66 billion in 2019 and the overall market for online education projected to reach $350 Billion by 2025. Digital learning tools such as language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, and online learning software have witnessed a significant surge in usage since COVID-19.
There are various pros and cons that accompany the digitization of education.
- The online classes, whatever the enabling technology, is only as good as the teachers and the ability of the students to grasp the new teaching technique.
- Students show a higher level of responsiveness and engagement in online classrooms than they do in offline ones. “This could be because this is a new concept and they are excited to explore it with the teachers.
- There are fewer distractions in online classes, which improves student productivity and at the same time, allows teachers to focus on content delivery rather than dealing with student-generated distractions.
- Teachers do find the absence of a blackboard a disadvantage and poor network connectivity a constant problem.
- It’s difficult to monitor actual writing in a virtual mode: students might get good at typing, but getting them to readjust to offline mode might be a challenge too
- Too much screen time can be perilous for health. Prolonged online sessions can be overwhelming and may lead to problems such as vision impairment, poor body posture, and sleep disorder.
Also published on Medium.