The scenario of distance learning today

A trend that was already emerging in the education sector, EAD (or distance learning), mainly in higher education, counted on several universities which were providing disciplines or entire courses in this format. With the arrival of the pandemic, this practice also expanded to basic education, from kindergarten to high school, as schools were forced to close.

 

This sudden and unplanned change, posed a series of challenges for educational institutions and students. Schools and universities face challenges from the definition of pedagogical methodologies that have to adapt to the new reality, and the implementation of systems and platforms that can provide the necessary support for knowledge sharing. But after all: what are the challenges experienced by students?

 

According to UNESCO, an organ of the United Nations (UN), about 1.5 billion students were affected by the temporary closure of schools and universities worldwide, in this scenario many difficulties arise for the students in their daily lives, starting with the Internet access, affecting mainly public school and low-income students. 

 

According to a survey conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), 1 of 4 Brazilians do not have access to the internet, consequently a very significant number of students do not have access to remote education.

 

In addition, especially in early childhood education, the presence of parents to accompany their children during classes has become much more necessary, which ends up causing many to be harmed by the lack of availability of those responsible, affecting the development of motor, relational and emotional skills, for example.

 

The need to deal with distractions also emerges as a great challenge, because just like home-office workers, to be able to enjoy the best of distance learning, a lot of discipline , commitment and routine is required to make it possible to keep focus on studies, taking into account the countless temptations that the digital world can bring.

 

It is clear that there are numerous obstacles to be overcome so that remote education can be effective, since both students and institutions need to make a series of adaptations, this is generating a good movement in the market seeking to understand the pains of these organizations and propose solutions that meet them. There is still a long way to go, but there is no doubt that the future of education has been advanced by a few years.

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