Virtual education, to close the gap in Colombia

With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, education had to begin to adapt to new dynamics in order to achieve institutional objectives. In this way, after two years, the question is, has virtual education been adequately implemented?

According to figures provided by The Research Institute of America, online learning can help students retain between 25% and 60% more information and with advances in E-learning improves employee performance by 15-25% (American Heart Association).

However, even with everything in favor, the academic result achieved so far is not good, because according to data from ThinkImpact, with the implementation of E-learning there has been a 30% increase in low grades, which denotes the importance to identify what are the errors and possible solutions to get the most out of online education.

To close educational gaps

On the subject, the BIU (Broward International University) announced some alternatives to close these educational gaps.

On the one hand, online learning methodologies and OnSite learning methodology (classrooms) should not be approached in the same way. Being such different learning methodologies, it is very important to make this distinction from the very conception of the program, the curriculum and the way in which knowledge is delivered to students.

According to José Luis Córica, dean of the BIU School of Education, “from the definition of the curriculum to human interaction, things must be different and it is very important to understand that online does not mean “do it yourself”, since attention time is not the same, so the dynamics of learning must be different, it must be designed so that each student can organize himself and can learn by doing, this is essential”.

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On the other hand, technology in online learning is not a solution, it is just a tool. Teachers need more development, learning and training on how to correctly implement the online modality, since only training in the use of technological tools is not enough for teachers to achieve successful learning processes in their students.

In this aspect, it is important to offer the correct balance and learning bridges between methodology and technology, to establish a more robust and secure path towards the successful implementation of online learning.

Management positions

On the other hand, according to the institution, there may be resistance from management positions that must assume leadership in education from a transformation process.

On this point, Ferran Calatayud, Managing Director of BIU University, asserted that “it is important to understand that each institution has its own uniqueness and needs adequate planning and training.”

He added that “there is no one-size-fits-all solution. This is why it is important that from management positions to teachers, they have adequate preparation, planning, leadership and management of the virtual educational project, but it is possible to start with 30% of motivated, well-trained teachers who accept the challenge, and thus we can reach 100% of the Educational Digital Transformation”.

There is still a long way to go, but it is important to have a precedent and a starting point to bring virtual education ever closer and return the guarantee of accessibility to education.

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