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What Is the New Normal In Higher Education?

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How will higher education change because of COVID-19? A question that many students, parents, and teachers are thinking about as they try to plan ahead for an uncertain future. Experts say that a number of epidemic policies are guaranteed to adhere to normal schooling.

Online Backup Programs
Whether or not the school fully returns to campus learning, it will require an online preservation program in the event of similar unforeseen circumstances in the future. Many schools have learned hard this year about what it takes to switch to an online learning environment, and they will not take the opportunity to fully prepare for it again. That doesn’t mean that more schools will be online, or more online programs will appear that have never existed before, but they certainly mean better fixes in case they need to adapt quickly in the future.

“Powerful online programs will be a key component of educational institutions for many schools,” writes Matt Tate, Marketing Coordinator of Appalachian State University.

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Derek Newton, an edtech specialist, acknowledges: “From now on, all schools in the country, and perhaps the world, will have their own system of delivering their educational forums online, quickly and completely.”

Mobile Apps Recovery Apps
The concept of “distributed campus” is no longer just an idea; COVID-19 has forced it to become a reality. Now, with the help of mobile apps, students can take campus with them, at home or on the go. Experts say the practice will not go away. In fact, it will be part of the new standard and will continue to be an option even if some schools choose to open their campuses completely. Many of these applications support distance students in the most important ways since the epidemic began: for example, providing student entry work; tips on how other students perform; press notifications and alerts for school updates; and protect the communication options for students, teachers, and staff.

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Digital Competition
Soft skills will still be needed, with a strong focus on “human” skills such as being able to connect and work with others online, but students are also expected to develop digital skills perhaps more quickly than before the launch of COVID-19. Knowing how to adapt to new technologies and learning to use new platforms and software quickly will be very important.

Better Quality of Online Study
“Drawing closer to a university is not a good online education,” said Sanjay Sarma, MIT vice president of open education. The epidemic has forced schools around the world to explore what makes a good online learning experience, and strive to bring that to students. For example, in Pakistan, when schools closed in March, teachers “did not have online teaching materials and many students did not have reliable Internet access at home,” says Tariq Banuri, chairman of the Pakistan Higher Education Commission in Islamabad. “But the commission has been working to strengthen the quality of online teaching and to get telecommunications companies to offer students cheap mobile phone packages.”

These are just a few of the changes that will form part of the new standard of higher education in the coming months and years. As online learning becomes a major part of that, students can begin to set a minimum value for the position as well as the value and value added to the quality and flexibility of the actual learning experience. Course facilitators will need to keep this in mind as schools discover new and cost-effective ways to stay from this point forward.

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