SA needs a post-pandemic hybrid education model

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Covid-19 forced students online, but a tech-based learning management system combined with face-to-face learning will realise SA’s educational goals, writes Stewart Watts

Covid-19 forced students online, but a tech-based learning management system combined with face-to-face learning will realise SA’s educational goalsThe disruptive nature of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe caught many people and sectors off-guard, including educational institutions.

The pandemic’s immediate impact was a dramatic shift from on-campus to online learning, which exposed the disparity among students in access to the devices and internet connectivity required to facilitate such learning . Fortunately, there is a solution. SA’s higher learning institutions can address all these challenges by embracing a blended learning model that transforms the traditional face-to-face teaching experience with a digital learning platform for course delivery, engagement and collaboration, and activity and assignment completion.

Importantly, digital learning programmes enable students to learn at their own pace through flexible, personalised and engaging learning journeys, which they can access from a range of devices, not just a PC or laptop. Rather than lectures being the main or even sole source of content in the course, students can explore the online environment first to review and digest the lecture content beforehand. This would enable lessons to take a more engaging, discussion-based format.

 

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