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A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 Pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisis

Yes it is out (6 June 2020), A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 Pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisisglobal research due to Covid 19. A large international  research study from 31 countries, led by Researcher and Faculty member at Anadolu UniversityAras Bozkurt. So proud and honred to have been involved together with so many prominent researchers worldwide as Insung Jung,  Junhong Xiao, Ramesh Sharma and so many other academic scholars almost from 30+ countries worldwide. We did it in appr  one month, some 500 emails, Google Drive Document, and WhatsApp. It was carried out by networking, collaboration, committment and trust and in a very good academic athmosphere, and with a professional sharing culture. All countryreports were peer-reviewed. 

 

Abstract:
Uncertain times require prompt reflexes to survive and this study is a collaborative reflex to better understand uncertainty and navigate through it. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic hit hard and interrupted many dimensions of our lives, particularly education. As a response to interruption of education due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this study is a collaborative reaction that narrates the overall view, reflections from the K12 and higher educational landscape, lessons learned and suggestions from a total of 31 countries across the world with a representation of 62.7% of the whole world population. In addition to the value of each case by country, the synthesis of this research suggests that the current practices can be defined as emergency remote education and this practice is different from planned practices such as distance education, online learning or other derivations. Above all, this study pointsout how social injustice, inequity and the digital divide have been exacerbated during the pandemic and need unique and targeted measures if they are to be addressed. While there are support communities and mechanisms, parents are overburdened between regular daily/professional duties and emerging educational roles, and all parties are experiencing trauma, psychological pressure and anxiety to various degrees, which necessitates a pedagogy of care, affection and empathy. In terms of educational
processes, the interruption of education signifies the importance of openness in education and highlights issues that should be taken into consideration such as using alternative assessment and evaluation methods as well as concerns about surveillance, ethics, and data privacy resulting from nearly exclusive dependency on online solutions.
 
Keywords: emergency remote education, distance education, online learning, Coronavirus Pandemic, Covid-19

Suggested citation:
Bozkurt, A., Jung, I., Xiao, J., Vladimirschi, V., Schuwer, R., Egorov, G., Lambert, S. R., Al-Freih, M., Pete, J., Olcott, Jr., D. Rodes, V., Aranciaga, I., Bali, M., Alvarez, Jr., A. V., Roberts, J., Pazurek, A., Raffaghelli, J. E., Panagiotou, N., de Coëtlogon, P., Shahadu, S., Brown, M., Asino, T. I. Tumwesige, J., Ramírez Reyes, T., Barrios Ipenza, E., Ossiannilsson, E., Bond, M., Belhamel, K., Irvine, V., Sharma, R. C., Adam, T., Janssen, B., Sklyarova, T., Olcott, N. Ambrosino, A., Lazou, C., Mocquet, B., Mano, M., & Paskevicius, M. (2020). A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisis. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 15(1), 1-126. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3878572
 
 
 
 

Mind the gap

Educational institutions  are facing many challenges ahead. To be in the forefront, which is one of the mainroles for unviversities, both when it comes to teaching, learning, and research, but also to be a voice in the global soceiety, universitites more than ever have to be on the cutting edge, and to take the lead for the UNESCO SDG4. The leading actions are on ACCESS, EQUITY, EQUALITY, DEMOCRACY, INCLUSIVENESS, QUALITY, AND LIFELONG AND LIFEWIDE LEARNIG, 

In additon, we are facing and have to adapt, but also to lead the 4th Indsutrial Revolution, and the digital disruption.

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

There are three reasons why today’s transformations represent not merely a prolongation of the Third Industrial Revolution but rather the arrival of a Fourth and distinct one: velocity, scope, and systems impact. The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent. When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the Fourth is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.

 

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Ebba Ossiannilsson is an e-learning expert and consultant with a range of research interests in the use of digital technologies for learning, teaching and research.
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