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Some examples of how the pandemic is affecting education and ways forward

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An overview of impact of coronavirus pandemic on education and educators' roles and skills. Presentation given at the webinar " Challenges for Higher Education in the era of Covid19 and the next day", organised by Prof. Konstantinos Petrides, Hellenic Mediterranean University, May 4. Recording of complete webinar available at: http://petridischania.hmu.gr/webinar/

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Some examples of how the pandemic is affecting education and ways forward

  1. 1. Some examples of how the pandemic is affecting education and ways forward Katerina Zourou, Ph.D. Web2Learn, Greece Web2Learn.eu @web2learn_eu Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020, organized by Prof. Konstantinos Petridis, Hellenic Mediterranean University http://petridischania.hmu.gr/webinar/
  2. 2. Katerina Zourou, Web2Learn Researcher in open, social and digital learning Advocate of open access, open science and citizen science Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 2
  3. 3. Talk outline • The pandemic: a snapshot of the global impact on education • Impact on ordinary teaching activities • Initiatives taken by educators in response to the new reality • The pandemic as a learning opportunity – example of the EUvsVirus hackathon 3
  4. 4. COVID-19 Educational Disruption N° of learners enrolled at pre-primary, primary, lower-secondary, upper-secondary levels & tertiary education levels. Based on latest data from UNESCO Institute for Statistics 4
  5. 5. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Data and resources aggregated for Europe 5
  6. 6. An overview of the current situation Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Source: UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility of Higher Education (2020), https://twitter.com/UNESCOchairCBR 6
  7. 7. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Impact on ordinary teaching activities Teaching and learning routines severely disrupted Efforts to mitigate the immediate impact of school closures and to facilitate the continuity of education for all through remote learning. Governments are now setting up virtual classrooms and collaboration platforms at incredible speed. • Which learning platforms to use? • How to aid teachers in implementing online learning? • How to reach those with little or no internet access at home? 7
  8. 8. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Some advice from the EU’s Eurydice service Some answers to questions such as: • What are the advantages of 100 % online synchronous learning? And the disadvantages? • Are students able to develop a sense of community through online synchronous communication? • How do you keep students’ motivation? • How do you set the stage for successful interaction? • How do you organise your lessons from a practical point of view? • Etc. 8
  9. 9. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 New roles and skills for educators? Agility, resilience… • Ability to cope with unknown technologies within a short timeframe (videoconference systems, LMS, etc.) [Disadvantage: digital literacy; agility not natural for everyone] • Ability to cope with learners • Ability to act as teachers/mentors to new target groups => The pandemic as a learning opportunity? 9
  10. 10. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 …can educators be engaged in social action by bringing more value with their skills and background? (civic engagement can also take the form of donations (example: WHO) or crowdfunding (example: world’s largest open-source library of Coronavirus tools and data) 10
  11. 11. Initiatives taken by educators in response to the new reality UNESCO learning cities’ response to COVID-19 Examples of how some cities managed to ensure that learning does not stop during the pandemic Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 11
  12. 12. Webinar in online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th of May 2020 Example of the pandemic as a learning opportunity EUvsVirus hackathon 12
  13. 13. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Some statistics • 21,000 participants • 140 nationalities • 27 countries • 23 languages • 600+ corporate partners • 1,400 mentors • 400 jury members Responsible for finding over 2,000 solutions to address coronavirus-related challenges 13
  14. 14. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Why should educators be interested? “Remote working and Education” among the 6 categories of Challenges to be addressed 14
  15. 15. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Category “Remote working and education” Solutions targeting several subcategories: • E-Learning methods & tools • Efficient remote working • Primary and secondary school specific challenges • University specific challenges • Student challenges • Family life during remote working & education 15 https://euvsvirus.org/results/ for results (platforms, applications, blended solutions) by subcategory
  16. 16. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Acting as a mentor to the hackathon- Some reflections to share on educators’ roles 16
  17. 17. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Added value for an educator? • Getting involved in collective action for a social purpose (fighting coronavirus) with expertise in how educational solutions can be best shaped (domain expert) • Getting involved with expertise in tutoring/coaching, helping someone to achieve learning goals: e.g. the pedagogical dimension of the educator’s job (methodology expert) =>A double asset for educators 17
  18. 18. Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 Disadvantage • Number of hackathons including education-related Challenges relatively small (the majority focus on health, business continuity and digital finance) BUT perhaps this is an opportunity to push for bigger representation of education related issues in policy debates about coronavirus See also parallel claims from stakeholders in the Cultural domain (often excluded from discussions about the pandemic in daily life) 18
  19. 19. Links • European Union, April 29, 2020. What has the covid-19 crisis taught us about online teaching? https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-policies/eurydice/content/what-has-covid-19-crisis-taught-us-about-online- teaching_en • EUvsVirus hackathon https://euvsvirus.org/ • EUvsVirus statistics https://euvsvirus.org/statistics/ • UNESCO Learning Cities https://en.unesco.org/news/covid-19-learning-cities-front-line and YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLivu_GCiL2mjYQOp64hcvzGNsC75QKSLw • UNESCO’s COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse/ • European Union April 21, 2020: Impact of Covid-19 on closure of education systems in Europe https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/news/impact-covid-19-closure-education-systems-in-europe_en • WHO donation : COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel- coronavirus-2019/donate • The world’s largest open-source library of Coronavirus tools and data https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/coronavirustechhandbook Webinar on online teaching, 27th April, 4th & 7th May 2020 19
  20. 20. 20 Thank you!

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