E-learning steps up as Coronavirus hits classroom teaching
Various e-learning providers have announced the introduction of new initiatives as they work to provide vital alternatives to traditional teaching methods during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This comes after the suspension of classroom teaching across the world amid the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Amongst these e-learning and edtech online education providers is Shaw Academy, which will be making its entire selection of 4 week learning courses free for anyone living in a country affected by the virus.
In doing so, Shaw Academy claims it hopes to enable people to earn qualifications – which include courses in finance, marketing and design – while they are stuck at home in isolation.
The language-learning provider ETS has similarly announced that it has introduced a remote, at-home version of the TOEFL iBT test and the GRE General language tests, limiting the impact that the virus has on students.
E-learning providing ‘timely, flexible and reliable solution’ to Coronavirus disruption
Alberto Acereda, Executive Director of Global Higher Education Division at ETS, stated:
“It was imperative for us to create a timely, flexible and reliable solution to allow students the opportunity to take these tests, so that they can complete time-sensitive applications that will allow them to continue on their educational journeys.”
Other edtech companies introducing new initiatives include LogMeIn, which will be providing its Emergency Remote Work Kit for free to the education sector.
Education sector facing a ‘remote work reality that they never planned for’
According to LogMeIn’s statement, these measures will enable students and staff to stay connected with video conferencing, virtual events, remote access and soft phone services, for free.
Bill Wagner, CEO of LogMeIn, emphasised the unprecedented nature of the current situation:
“These last few weeks have meant a monumental change for everyone, and while some organisations had experience empowering a remote workforce, others like schools, health care providers and local municipalities are dealing with a remote work reality that they never planned for and were ill equipped to enable.
“We’re seeing these needs play out across the organisations we rely on in our communities, and it’s something we believe our people and our technology are uniquely positioned to help with during this uncertain time.”
As part of its Emergency Remote Work Kit initiative, LogMeIn has given away millions of dollars’ worth of software, in the form of thousands of kits which are assisting more than 800,000 individual users across the world.
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Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.
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