COVID-19’s Long-Term Impacts on Education in 2020 and Beyond

edsurge | March 23, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe and the threat of a recession materializes, most people are focused properly on the immediate task at hand—preparing to teach and support students remotely. Beyond that, there will also be significant longer term impacts. The biggest shifts may occur at the intersections of K-12, higher education and workforce learning. Often these areas are treated as their own distinct silos in the education market, but the coronavirus crisis has revealed how interdependent these sectors may be. What exactly will happen is hard to divine. Here’s a forecast from several education officials along with my colleagues at Entangled Group, an education venture studio and consulting firm.

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K–12 educators and administrators are tasked with building safe and effective digital learning environments, and this responsibility includes shielding students from inappropriate content online.Traditionally, this has involved monitoring and filtering web access by keeping lists of appropriate and inappropriate websites. But the Internet is constantly changing. The dynamic nature of the web makes traditional URL-based filtering the process of categorizing entire web pages by their domains —a largely ineffective method of controlling the kinds of content that students access.

Spotlight

K–12 educators and administrators are tasked with building safe and effective digital learning environments, and this responsibility includes shielding students from inappropriate content online.Traditionally, this has involved monitoring and filtering web access by keeping lists of appropriate and inappropriate websites. But the Internet is constantly changing. The dynamic nature of the web makes traditional URL-based filtering the process of categorizing entire web pages by their domains —a largely ineffective method of controlling the kinds of content that students access.

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