While the loss of contact learning time can be quantified, it's more difficult to quantify the effect of school closures on learning outcomes.
The pandemic has heightened existing weaknesses in South Africa's skills training regime.
We ought to worry that the pandemic has made it even easier to reduce teaching to disseminating knowledge.
The pandemic education shock has raised five critical issues that demonstrate how student learning and achievement and social well-being are far from mutually exclusive.
Watching my teens play video games for hours on end tells me that video game designers understand something that my fellow teachers and I had not!
Insights of neuroscientist Ian McGilchrist, philosopher Nel Noddings and physicist Ursula Franklin help centre students and our collective future in debates about education and technology.
People tend to think of digital media as entertainment, so they devote less mental effort than when they're reading a printed book.
Since the pandemic began, parents have had to negotiate their own workplace demands and other responsibilities with around-the-clock child care responsibilities.
In New South Wales and Victoria the number of students being home educated increased by 20% in 2020 (1,224 extra children) compared with 2019. But the rise has been evidenced for a decade.
The coronavirus pandemic has entrenched educational technologies in schools. Parents and guardians have been forced to relinquish their children's privacy, without assurance of protection.
The forced transition to online university learning will mean teaching practices will be permanently changed.
A policy of “choice” for full-time online schooling would weaken public education, erode funding for in-classroom supports and drive those who can afford it to private education.
Treating online education as a cheap alternative to lectures will be a mistake. At first universities will probably have to allow more preparation time and invest more in training and technology.
Not everyone needs to be on campus to learn. Governments, which subsidize higher education, need to change their funding models to support affordable remote learning.
Necessity truly can be the mother of invention. A new university president explains how the pandemic forced massive changes at his institution — and why smart use of technology was invaluable.
Real-life experience suggests that game-based learning (GBL) techniques can be useful in reducing student anxiety toward technical and/or abstract concepts and in increasing class involvement.
Australia's mature-age students often must juggle work, children and study, are studying off campus and have a higher risk of dropping out. Higher education can do better for these 430,000 students.
It is morally unjustifiable for tech companies to walk away from the pandemic with massive profits while schools are burdened with debt.
South Africa's constitution provides for equal access to education and its inclusive education policy exists to make this a reality. But in practice students' diverse needs are not being met.
High school pupils enjoy using mobile devices for socialising. But their motivation to use devises decreases when it comes to studying online, especially unsupervised.