The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. Public health officials have no idea when the curve will flatten. It might take years for everything to return to normalcy & to resume their normal lives. Millions of lives have already been lost since the pandemic hit the world. People have lost their favourite persons. I assume you wouldn’t want the same happening to you.
Despite being social beings, isolation and social distancing remain the main ways of preventing the spread of the virus. Learning in both the public and private is sector is greatly affected. Face to face learning interactions is crippling. A new era of technology and advances in learning technology is awakening. Most learning activities are done online.
Learning is a continuous process. It doesn’t have to stop because of the pandemic. You ought to find alternatives to increasing your knowledge. An appetite for more knowledge will make learning more enjoyable during this period. Change is inevitable, and you should embrace it. Step out of your comfort zone & have some additional skills. You should expect more online learning. Something that has gained popularity since COVID happened.
Here are ways to continue learning even as the pandemic rages:
1) Digital learning
Digital learning is now an important part of student’s studies. For you to remain academically active as a student, digital learning is the way to go. Through the internet, learners get exposure while enhancing their technology skills. With internet learning, learners can instantly find information at a click away. Teachers can continue with their normal lessons as all the educational learning resources are virtually disseminated.
2) Learning for Instructors
Teachers providing online classes through the “wok-from-home” can join video conferencing platforms to expand their scope and knowledge. You will be able to create meaningful connections with other teachers worldwide, too, through these platforms.
Examples of video conferencing platforms include:
• Google Hangouts
• Microsoft Teams
Besides, digital learning management systems can be used for instruction. Software and google chrome extensions can help you monitor the learners when taking an exam.
3) Parents’ learning resources
As a parent, staying at whole with your child for as long as the pandemic lasts can be hectic. You will need to learn how to handle your child and be their parent.
Sometimes, it will be overwhelming. But, you have to keep going. NPR has come up with Just for Kids: A comedy Show Exploring Coronavirus to help children understand what Coronavirus is and teach them how they can protect themselves.
It is your duty as a parent to make this information known to your children. Inform your children of any new advancement that is made concerning the disease.
4) Social-economic Learning
In a blog, the author offers to take parents to ensure student learning covers the social and emotional domain. This is an offer that a parent should gladly accept. An hour or two from your already boring quarantine period should be of help to your child.
5) Online certifications and courses
More than 70 partner countries’ governments help people access thousands of free online courses during the pandemic period. If you have no idea where to get the best business, data science or technology course, this is a good recommendation.
If you lost your job, web development would be a nice course to take. Upon completing your training, you will be a certified web developer, a career that will pay you well. You will acquire skills from reputable companies. You will receive a certificate after completion.
6) Short online courses
If your college or university put a halt to academic learning, you can enrol for short courses. Short courses like leadership skills, the management or even marketing will take you less than a month to complete. The knowledge you gain from these courses can help you have a business running alongside your 8-5 job. You don’t have to wait for that Engineering degree you are pursuing.
Once you have identified your area of interest, establish connections on social media with people of the same interest as yours. Look at what they are doing during the pandemic. If they send invitation links to any webinars, try to attend. They might be so much useful information during the sessions. Information you may not find on the web.
Learning is a continuous process. As the pandemic continues, technology to improve learning will be advanced. Be accommodative of any new technological development if you learn something new at the end of the day.