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What does the Post-Remote Learning Future Hold?
27-07-2020

What does the Post-Remote Learning Future Hold?

Educational institutions around the world have quickly
embraced online learning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to ensure
the continuation of study during these challenging times. The questions now
facing educators are: could the pandemic be the catalyst for the permanent integration
of e-learning in school systems? And what will remote learning look like when
this crisis subsides

It’s now a certainty that with remote learning becoming the
primary delivery mechanism of education for an extended period of time, that
there is no turning back. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink
education, presenting a unique opportunity to bridge a generational divide
between educators and students, and making education more exciting,
entertaining, and creative

But we must be ready for further changes as education
evolves to become more like other online services, such as Uber taxis, which
can reach their customers no matter where they are. The traditional methods of
education are likely gone forever, to be replaced with a hybrid model that
combines traditional on-campus learning with digital tools. The ‘digital
campus’ is now a reality with advanced technologies becoming the educational
tools of the future

The effectiveness of remote-based technologies on education
is now proven through a range of administration and student services
applications, in addition to e-learning, which is especially suitable for
theoretical subjects. However, we must build on these successes without
neglecting applied education, which requires laboratories and workshops. We
must re-examine the way education is delivered and support it with modern
technologies and best practices in line with the UAE’s national vision for
universities to produce great entrepreneurs and thinkers

Remote learning also opens the door to a future of
creativity and competitiveness for educational institutions, technology
providers, and, most importantly, students. In a post-pandemic landscape,
campuses as we know them could disappear entirely and be replaced with new
applications, innovations, and scientific research activities. The digital
campus will provide comprehensive and highly efficient education services that
are superior to today’s in almost every respect. Competition between
institutions will intensify as they race to offer services and courses that are
more attractive to students, perhaps even creating programs tailored to
students’ interests and abilities using Artificial Intelligence to analyze
demand through Big Data

The accelerated global shift towards remote learning and its
technologies appears to be more than a temporary alternative during exceptional
circumstances. Many educators and students have wholeheartedly embraced the
change and believe that remote learning is opening the door to innovation and
competitiveness across the educational landscape. We should be ready

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi

President & CEO, Higher Colleges of Technology