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The Growing Role of the Edutech Industry in Times of the Pandemic
The pandemic's most massive impact has been on schools and colleges and other educational institutions that have been forced to shut down completely to curb the transmission of the virus. Until the threat neutralizes or a vaccine is found, a scenario where schools and colleges re-open seems unlikely.
Fremont, CA: The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has resulted in significant disruptions across all human activities and pursuits like education, business, sports, and politics. The full impact of the pandemic is yet to be completely absorbed. Above all, the pandemic has taught that human practices that depend on offline physical challenges need to step back and allow online and digital networking modes and commerce to take up the mantle. The pandemic's most massive impact has been on schools and colleges and other educational institutions that have been forced to shut down completely to curb the transmission of the virus. Until the threat neutralizes or a vaccine is found, a scenario where schools and colleges re-open seems unlikely.
Despite its drawbacks, this lockdown presents an opportunity for the edutech industry to utilize the current circumstances to its maximum potential. It is nothing short of a prospective moment under the sun for the online learning lobby, provided it wholly capitalizes on such a chance offered. As students continue to face a severe discontinuity in their learning process, e-learning platforms need to step up and supplement the educational loss for students and fill the void faced by teachers. Students guided by their teachers will naturally turn to online learning modules to continue their trajectory of learning. This means, edutech players need to step up and preserve the momentum, even more so after the initial widespread and massive adoption of e-learning platforms and new-age knowledge portals amongst the primary stakeholders as the go-to-mode for acquiring education.
The edutech industry needs to continually modify and revamp its current offerings to stay on top of their game. This can be made through tech-driven innovation and salient leveraging of the existing channels of pedagogical dissemination. Edutech entities need to incorporate new-age tech advancements like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Augmented, Reality, Virtual Reality, and IoT to entice and captivate their learning audiences. By adding unique and exciting multimedia and sensual models in online learning processes, edtech platforms help students learn, engage, and retain knowledge better.