Silver Linings: Innovations in Education Spurred by Coronavirus

Positive education changes during the pandemic
Positive education changes during the pandemic

Education systems across the globe have undeniably faced many challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it is possible that the pandemic will also produce some positive, long-lasting changes, according to a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In a survey of educators and other stakeholders from 98 countries, some 77 percent of respondents said that they saw the introduction of new technologies and innovative solutions during the pandemic, 71 percent said that the challenges had led to an increase in student autonomy to manage their own learning, and 66 percent said they saw strengthened involvement and cooperation from parents. These changes were the result of necessity rather than choice. Even still, they may accelerate lasting improvements to education. For more on how the crisis might change education systems, watch Anthony Mackay’s Global Ed Talks interview with OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher where they discuss how the pandemic may impact the future of teaching and learning. 

Learn more about initiatives top performers are implementing in response to the coronavirus pandemic in our archive of International Education News.