By Ankie Yip
The year 2020 has been an exceptionally interesting one. Many of us who are educators and business management professionals in education were presented with a set of unique challenges that impacted our regular operations.
We found ourselves with the need to balance and manage an emergency budget, modifying our programs and delivery methods in order to accommodate the unexpected fluctuation of education revenue, faculty, and student enrollments, which are all factors that drive operational consistency.
However, as we are challenged to identify ways to respond to this unexpected change midway through the academic year, one particular point becomes clear. The education sector proves its resiliency, time and time again, in its ability to weather the storm and survive in the most unexpected circumstances.
This is because parents still require external programs in order for their children to continue to learn in the home during the pandemic, and educators have been responding to mass quantities of students who have moved into online modes of delivery. Online learning can be a long-term solution when it can match the quality and value of in-person learning. In this case, online learning can be offered as a back-up solution or alternative to in-person instruction whenever necessary, as we have experienced during the pandemic.
Just like in-school learning, online learning requires the cooperation of parents and educators acting as a link to facilitate a student’s routine focus and academic development in the home. This enables the transition of learning through different mediums to be done, ideally, as smooth as possible.
"The education sector proves its resiliency, time and time again, in its ability to weather the storm and survive in the most unexpected circumstances."