As virtually every aspect of our lives, education has seen a disruptive impact, as the COVID-19 pandemic proliferated. Schools, colleges and universities around the world had to adjust to unprecedented circumstances. How will this affect the future of teaching and learning? To address this question, the Berlin School of Business and Innovation (BSBI) organised a webinar, to which SGM Educational Solutions was invited to contribute.
According to statistics by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early April 2020, roughly 1.6bn learners were affected by the unprecedented disruption of the virus causing country-wide closures of educational institutions in 195 countries.
From disruption to recovery
After the initial challenge of switching from face-to-face teaching and learning to digitised forms of education, the next challenge will be moving on from the disruption and towards recovering, possibly reaching a “new normal”, again. But how will this work? And what kind of learning environment will we end up with in a post-corona world?
These were some of the questions tackled by the webinar organised by the BSBI. To bring in external perspectives and expertise, invited keynote speakers were Andrea Pfeil, Director of Language Program and Deputy Executive Director of the Goethe-Institut New York, and Boris Groth, founder and CEO of SGM Educational Solutions. The webinar was moderated by Prof. Kyriakos Kouveliotis, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at BSBI.
From optionality to necessity
One already perceivable change, which all panelists could agree on, is that the pandemic has rapidly increased a push towards digitised solutions in education. Whereas some or most educators had previously considered digital solutions as optional, it had now become the only viable option of somewhat keeping up with timetables. “This crisis has given [digital learning] an overdue importance”, says Groth. “Because we have been able to do this for a while – but now it has become necessary.”
To watch the full webinar, please click here (external link to YouTube) or click on the video embedded below.
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