Teaching in Higher Education: Things you Need to Know
24 May 21
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Categories: Education and Teacher Training, Postgraduate
There is no denying that the pandemic has had a massive impact on the education sector. Over the past 12 months, students have spent more time at home than at school or university. It would be naive to expect everything to return back to normal, so what will happen after lockdown and what sort of challenges will educators face post-pandemic?
Knowing where to Draw the Line with Distance Learning
Distance learning has been propelled into the spotlight due to COVID-19. While distance learning offers a number of benefits, there are some evident drawbacks too. It can be very didactic and solitary when students are purely clicking through presentations or reading documents online. Just because we have gotten used to learning in this way due to school closures it does not mean that we should fall back on this as a teaching norm. Those who fall behind can end up falling further behind when there is a heavy emphasis on distance learning. What happens after lockdown depends partly on whether the vaccination does put an end to lockdowns forever.
Ed-tech buy-in is another challenge we are likely to see in the education sector as a knock-on impact of the pandemic. We know that some students using technology during the pandemic will have had a negative experience because they are not used to it. We need to use these poor experiences as a critical learning tool in terms of technology and education training so that we can adopt ed-tech successful.
Educators May Feel Unsupported and Overwhelmed
We are sure that this is something that a lot of educators can relate to at the moment. After all, a lot of teachers had no notice or very little notice about school closures and shifting to an online learning experience. This in itself was a challenge for everyone, especially as teachers pride themselves on being organised. It is important to recognise that educators are going to need support as we move out of the pandemic and transition to what will happen after lockdown. While trying to deal with the realities of the pandemic themselves, educators need to make sure learning continues while also helping students who are struggling with the impact of COVID-19. It is a lot to take in, so support is a must.
Taking a Postgraduate Professional Development in Education degree at the University of Bolton
While this is a challenging period, it is also an exciting one. While we will face a number of hurdles ahead, what happens after lockdown is also a time of change and opportunity, which makes this the perfect chance for you to study for an MSc Teaching degree at the University of Bolton.
We have a highly experienced and research-active team who will help to support you through your degree, making sure you get the skills you need and that you know how to apply them effectively. This will ensure that you are prepared for what will happen after lockdown, and for the changing landscape that we will be in the midst of post-pandemic.
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