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Examining the impact of school closures on educational outcomes. GettyImages

Counting the cost of lost schooling in South Africa

While the loss of contact learning time can be quantified, it's more difficult to quantify the effect of school closures on learning outcomes.
Instead of asking how universities might benefit from shifting courses online permanently, we ought to ask how students might suffer from fewer opportunities for lived experience and practice. (Shutterstock)

The problem with online learning? It doesn’t teach people to think

We ought to worry that the pandemic has made it even easier to reduce teaching to disseminating knowledge.
Research from Alberta points to the burden parents have faced with home learning. Here, a youth passes Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto, May 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

End of topsy-turvy school year: 5 education issues exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic

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.
Schools are facing accelerated COVID-19 pressures to integrate technology into children’s education, and how they do has far-reaching implications. (Shutterstock)

Machines can’t ‘personalize’ education, only people can

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.
The shift online demonstrated the convenience of distance learning and has convinced some learners, including workers and unemployed people, to study. (Pexels/rfstudio)

How the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed university teaching and testing for good

The forced transition to online university learning will mean teaching practices will be permanently changed.
While the pandemic has caused massive upheavals, it has also forced universities to use technology to bring in much-needed change and innovations. Shutterstock

COVID-19 silver linings: Technology has helped universities be more innovative and inventive

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.
Research shows that game-based learning techniques can improve students’ understanding of class material. Tima Miroshnichenko/Pexels

Using game-based learning to teach economics during times of disruption

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.
The switch to online teaching and learning could be an opportunity to embrace inclusive education and create differentiated online teaching activities. shutterstock

Online learning is an opportunity to meet the needs of struggling students

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.

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