Learning how to manage distance learning and working will be an essential skill in the future.
For a while now, educators around the world have been talking about the need to rethink how to educate future generations. The present situation might just be the disruption that the sector needed to rethink how we educate, and question what we need to teach and what we are preparing our students for. So, as we educators grapple with the new ways of communicating with students away from our classrooms and lecture theaters, it is a good time to reflect on how this disruptive crisis can help us define what learning should look like.
Some points are important:
1- Educating students into a interconnected world.
Internet made it accessible to reach different continents and people. It's important to learn how to work with people in different backgrounds and culture. Successful people in the coming decades need to be able to understand this interrelatedness and navigate across boundaries to leverage their differences and work in a globally collaborative way.
2- Redefining the role of Educator
Online education make students more responsible for their own learning, while educators start to be more an enabler and helper than the main actor.
3- Teaching skills that are needed for the future
Rethinking the ways of teaching gives the possibility of rethinking what is actually useful for the future of students and their coming careers and what is no longer important. To focus on developing skills and not only on symple information transfer.
4- Using new technology to teach and learn
There are many resources that can be incredible useful to teach and transmit ideas which are not commonly used on regular classrooms. Going fully online helps to think and experimenting on new things.