The Impact of Coronavirus on Higher Education

Universities are places where students live and study. They are also buzzing cultural hubs where students are brought together from nations around the world. Recently, the coronavirus crisis has challenged higher education institutions in many new and unexpected ways.

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Education officials have temporarily transitioned to online learning across the world in response to the growing outbreak. Universities have moved courses and communication on to digital platforms as quickly and comprehensively as possible, with the main focus responding to students’ needs.

The situation in Slovenia has been no different. Universities have pivoted to offer fully online courses as well as hybrid courses, a mix of on-campus and digital learning. Insitutions have started this year fully on campus and later announced that they would conduct all classes online. However, at some institutions some on-campus where necessary is being hold, like for laboratory exercises and the similiar. Furthermore, the transition has also necessidated adaptations in how students are evaluated.

The government of Slovenia is making sure that their education system is addressing the needs of all students in times of crisis, not to prevent learners from completing their education while keeping them safe. After all, there has been massive effort and remarkable innovation in response to support learning and teaching – a set of solutions have been brought that were previously considered difficult or impossible to implement.

For universities, the move to distance learning has been an opportunity to expand flexible learning modalities, setting the stage for a sustained shift towards more online learning in this sub-sector in the future.

To stand the best chance in this new environment all professors have received training and support in digital technology and student progress and performance has been carefully monitored. The Slovenian government has planned education strategies to ensure student learning outcomes and standards of educational quality.

These challenges are temporary and considering a vaccine has been developed and the coronavirus does come under control, universities will be able to return to normal conditions once international travel becomes possible again.

Avtor: 2TM d.o.o.

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