KAIST holds online global forum to discuss changes to education in post-COVID-19 era
Updated: 2020-06-28 11:50:37 KST
When an earthquake happens deep down on the ocean floor, we don't feel it.
But under certain conditions, it can cause a devastating tsunami.
That's how Ben Nelson, the CEO of Minerva schools described what is happening right now.
In a discussion on the future of education at the KAIST global forum, he said that the pandemic has shut schools, but has also shown that online learning can change the current education system.
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"With the new offering that is vastly superior and by the way more cost-effective and more accessible than the existing structure of education in higher education."
The CEO of Coursera -- an online learning platform with 63 million users worldwide -- said that the pandemic has opened the doors to online classes.
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"But even as schools were closing, learners were moving online. So, from mid-March to today, the online enrollments on Coursera are at 500 percent, over 30 million enrollments, now you can see that it really spikes during the peak of lockdown and stay at home."
He pointed out that the future of learning is by blending online and offline classes.
But the director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, Bahram Bekhradnia, said that younger children need to take offline classes since they need more help from teachers.
Even though online classes won't replace conventional educational programs, the disruption caused by the pandemic will be a stimulus for improvements in e-learning
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused chaos in our daily lives, but has shown online education's potential to offer fair learning opportunities.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News, Daejeon.