The world of online education is experiencing an incredible expansion, with the pandemic only accelerated what is already a rapidly growing movement. Currently, more than 1.2 billion children in 190 countries are affected by school closures and disrupted education. These disruptions are expected to continue in the coming months.
This sudden shift away from traditional classrooms across the globe has many wondering whether we will continue with online education post-pandemic and how this shift will impact the world’s education market. Much like the future of remote working has been fast-tracked in recent months, schools and teachers have had to adopt an online education model in a very short space of time. However, for those students already completing their education through online homeschooling, there has been almost no disruption in their learning during this stay at home period.
The online education industry’s expansion is not as sudden as it may seem. There has been extraordinary growth and adoption in education technology in recent years, with global edtech investments reaching US$18.66 billion in 2019. The online education market overall is anticipated to reach $350 Billion by 2025. Since the lockdown began, the industry has experienced a substantial surge in usage for language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, and online learning software.
Continued Education during Disruption
Since online education is such an established market, some school districts have formed unique partnerships during the lockdown. Media organisations like the BBC are powering virtual learning with Bitesize Daily for kids across the UK with celebrities teaching some of the content. The Los Angeles Unified School District partnered with PBS SoCal/KECT to offer local educational broadcasts with a range of digital options for their students.
While these meaningful partnerships offer a wonderful supplement to student's curriculums, they aren't able to replace a complete, teacher-managed learning experience at home. Many parents and students are struggling to continue their education with WhatsApp messages sent from teachers with tasks for the day and minimal structured learning opportunities. It has been particularly hard on foundation phase and primary school students because most schools are not offering live classes for them. The majority of live lessons are only for high school students since many of them are nearing university or college level.
Schools have had to quickly and unexpectedly move their learning online which has led to a poor user experience for millions of students that doesn’t encourage sustained growth. Traditional schools are having to learn how to provide online learning with very little preparation, but there are existing, high-quality organisations, like CambriLearn, that offer virtual homeschooling and have done so successfully for several years.
Online institutions like CambriLearn can offer a higher level of education because our platform is designed to be online with elite teachers that are trained for this form of learning, our curriculums are standardised at an international level. Students have the best chance for success with platforms designed for online homeschooling, they have access to live lessons, weekly schedules, and teacher support throughout their learning journey.
It's important to remember that what many of us are experiencing at the moment is not homeschooling, it’s our children trying to continue traditional schooling online during a pandemic. In ideal (and more usual) circumstances, homeschooled students enjoy sports, social events and many opportunities to connect with fellow students.
Benefits of Online Homeschooling
According to the World Economic Forum, research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes this pandemic has caused is here to stay. Research has shown that on average, students retain 25-60% more information from online learning compared to just 8-10% in a classroom. This can be explained by students being able to learn faster online. Students need 40-60% less time to learn online than in a traditional classroom setting because students can learn at their own pace.
CambriLearn is built on these principles, understanding that every student has different needs in their learning journey. Our online education programmes are personalised, adaptable and focused on preparing students for success in the future. After all, as parents, we want our children to have an education that allows them to enter tertiary education institutions and begin their lives as independent adults.
The world is a little uncertain right now and traditional schooling will never be the same, online learning is transforming education across the globe. So, whether it's a hybrid learning model that brings traditional and virtual schooling together or a complete transition to online homeschooling, learning online is here to stay and this is the ideal time to embrace it. To secure the future of your children, allow them to take their learning online permanently to benefit from personalised, teacher-led virtual education.