During the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020, educational organizations around the world were closed from one day to the next while teaching would continue. UNESCO recommended that teaching continue, but would be online from 16 March 2020. In a time of digitalisation and information technology, an emergency like this is no excuse to stop continuous learning. Unesco launched the overarching initiative #learningneverstops and a website with resources for all those involved in communication, interaction, socialization and ethical and social issues. It is business as usual, but still not. Unesco estimates that, as of 29 April 2020, 1.3 billion students and pupils are still affected by school or university closures, despite the opening of educational organizations around the world. Today, the proportion of students reading from a distance is 90 per cent worldwide.
Due to the Corona Covid-19 pandemic I have been bery busy with consultancy, keynoting conferences, hosted and presented at webinars, etc. writing a lot of publications as blogpost, articles and book chapters on demand. Below are some af my ccontributions due to Covid-19.
Ossiannilsson, E. (forthcoming 2020). After Covid-19 some challeges for Universities. A. Tlili, D. Burgos & A. Tabacco. (Eds.). Education in a crisis context: COVID-19 as an opportunity for global learning. Springer, LNET Series.
Ossiannilsson. E. (Forthcoming). Country report Sweden. A Boozkurt & R Sharma. (Eds.). Country based report on CoronaVirus Pandemic and reflections from the educational landscape by countries. Asian Jornal of Distance Education.
Ossiannilsson, E. & Sandström, U. (2020, May 27). Det nya normala handslar om omställning och hållbarhet. The new normal is about transformation and sustainability. Stockholm: Universtetesläraren
Ossiannilsson, E. & Sandström, U. (2020, May 4). Att forma den nya normalen: Efter Covid-19 några utmaningar inom utbildning och omställning för hållbarhet.( Retrieved from https://www.sverd.se/att-forma-den-nya-normalen-efter-covid-19-nagra-utmaningar-inom-utbildning-och-omstallning-for-hallbarhet/
Ossiannilsson, E. (2020, May 20). ONLINE TEACHING - METHODOLOGY AND PEDAGOGICAL OUTVIEW, Romania
Ossiannilsson, E. (2020, May 11). Universal rights for social justice. Workshop on monitoring uneiversal rights. Near East University, N Cyprus. SlideShare
Ossiannilsson, E. (2020 April 06). When education moves home: implications for students, academics, administrators, and education leaders. EDEN Webianar serie #onlinetogether SlideShare
Ossiannilsson, E., Teixera , A., & Al-Harthi, A. (2020, March 26). Open, online and distance teaching and learning during the Corona Virus pandemic #learningtogether. ICDE #learningtogether
Wetler, J., Godol, J., Sczepaniak, K., Ossiannilsson, E. (forthcoming). How Open Educational Resources can help OGP initiatives. How Open Educational Resources can help OGP initiativesOpen Government Partnership.
Ossiannilsson, E. (2020, MaY 03). Att forma den nya normalen: Efter Covid-19 några utmaningar inom utbildning och omställning för hållbarhet.
Ossiannilsosn, E. (2020, March, 26). Open, Online and Distance Teaching and Learning during the Corona Virus Pandemic #learningtogether. Retreved from https://www.icde.org/icde-blog/2020/3/30/open-online-and-distance-teaching-and-learning-during-the-corona-virus-pandemic-learningtogether-1
Ossiannilsson, E. & Sandström, U. (2020, March 13). SVERD_Corona #Learningtogether.
Ossiannilsson, E. (2020). EUCEN Online resourses
In additon I have provided consutations almost every day both top individuals and a varietey of organizations.
The scale and speed of the school and university closures represents an unprecedented challenge for the education sector. Countries around the world are racing to fill the void with distance learning solutions but the uncertain duration of the closures adds further complication to their efforts. These range from hi-tech alternatives like real-time video classes conducted remotely to lower-tech options such as educational programming on radio and television.
As an immediate response to massive school closures, UNESCO has established a COVID-19 task force to provide advice and technical assistance to governments working to provision education to students out of school. The Organization is also holding regular virtual meetings with education ministers from all over the world to share experiences and assess priority needs.
UNESCO is also launching a Global COVID-19 Education Coalition that brings together multilateral partners and the private sector, including Microsoft and the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), to help countries deploy remote learning systems so as to minimize educational disruptions and maintain social contact with learners.
“The current situation imposes immense challenges for countries to be able to provide uninterrupted learning for all children and youth in an equitable manner. We are stepping up on our global response by creating a coalition to ensure a fast and coordinated response. Beyond meeting immediate needs, this effort is an opportunity to rethink education, scale-up distance learning and make education systems more resilient, open and innovative,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.