Share Education After COVID-19By Team Altus | Published May 08, 2020 | 5 MIN READ Much of the world has changed due to COVID-19. After schools across the country closed midsemester and parents, students and teachers alike had to adapt to the new normal, many still question how the pandemic will alter the future of teaching and learning. Like healthcare, the education sectors have been forced to look at pre-crisis systems and shortcomings and adapt for the future. Here are some of our post-COVID-19 predictions for education. Backup Learning SystemsAs some schools raced to e-learning when the pandemic hit, many teachers and students did not have a backup to go and schools were left with a big undertaking. Backup online learning systems will become a part of every education leader’s objectives. Pre-pandemic, some education organizations have been hit hard with natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina or have experienced extreme weather such as heat or snowfall and have been forced to set up backup e-learning systems in the past. These organizations likely had an easy transition to online learning. Post-pandemic, by now most schools have created a backup for the time being, but they will need to continue to navigate new, permanent systems for the future. Although it’s important to point out that not all schools have created a temporary solution and students are experiencing discrepancies – a larger issue unraveled by COVID-19. Use of Online ToolsLike telehealth is now to healthcare, online learning is now to education. Schools will make much greater use of online tools. Tools like Zoom have been steppingstones and more and more tools will come into market catering to education. Social DistancingSocial distancing protocols are likely to last until 2021. When students return to the classroom, desks are likely to be spread 6 feet apart to make students and teachers feel confident and safe. With Altus’ workstation on wheels, which leverage best practices for social distancing, and our worldwide shipping and implementing services, we’ll get your educational settings up and running before your students and teachers arrive. Mobile technology workstations create personal zones for social distancing. You can move around the room for stand-alone and group work. Students can learn safely in the healthiest way possible with our sit-sit-stand desks. Mobile desks allow students to stay active, increase blood flow and promote involvement. Altus manufacturers ergonomic workstations for K-12 and specializes in student clinical workstations for healthcare education. Safe Meetings and Extracurricular Activities In order to keep students connected and engaged with the new barriers in place, schools must not lose sight of social activities. Online tools and social media will increasingly connect students with one another. Students may meet on video to work on a project, or the school newspaper may share a Google doc to work together in real-time simultaneously. A Surge of Educational ResourcesWhen COVID-19 began, the health care sector began to manufacturer ventilators and medical equipment to support the crisis. For future crises, the government and education systems may consider stockpiling laptops, mobile desks and other educational tools to make sure no education system is without resources. These may seem like big structural changes for another instance that may not happen in our lifetime, but now is the time to do it. Internet and Technology for AllBecause of budgets, some students currently do not have access to technology and the internet in order to be connected during out-of-school hours. More and more taxpayers are seeing the importance of this need. Many donations and budget allocations have given students in need laptops and some areas are creating hotspots for students to access the internet. For now, this is a temporary fix and is not good enough as a permanent solution. Its predicted education systems will have to fill in the gapes of student access to technology and the internet. A Change to the Academic YearWith students and teachers online, it's likely the academic year may shirt to 12 months. A combination of in-person and learning will likely take place after best practices have been established. Students attending school all year long can increase graduation and engagement rates. Fully Virtual SchoolsVirtual schools offer increased flexibility and learning opportunities to give students the quality education they deserve, regardless of what is happening in the world or their full schedule. Benefits of Virtual Schools: Education stays on trackCombat teacher shortagesIncreased flexibilityMore course offeringsEngage at-risk studentsExpand school offeringsRegain lost enrollmentsRecover funding associated with enrollmentsAccelerated programsIn the last few weeks, over 100,000 families nationwide submitted inquiry forms to virtual school providers over the past two months due to COVID-19. That's 57% more than April 2019.Teacher Hiring ProcessMuch like how classroom learning has shifted online, the hiring process will rely on virtual interviews and demos to ensure hiring can still continue. Candidate teachers will need to show they can interact and connect with students successfully through a computer. Benefits of COVID-19 – Relooking at EducationCOVID-19 has forced us as a country to relook at education. All at once, we see gaps of not only e-learning backup systems and technology and internet access but food deficits, lack of housing stability, and lack of health and mental health resources. This time is not only teaching our students about communication skills and adaptability but pointing out the disparities and lack of adaptability in the education system. Together, we can continue to make our education systems better so students to learn successfully while staying healthy.