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Benefits and downsides of on-line programs after their compelled entry into observe

The 2021-2022 school year, like the previous one, begins with uncertainty. With its now usual procession of concerns: new variants, health measures, risk of confinement… It is therefore also time for first assessments. The focus is on online education, which has been so touted since the 1990s and is now being implemented across the board. “Since the pandemic began, educational institutions around the world have needed to get online quickly, sometimes within days. Many – not all – have somehow adapted,” explains Sidney Taurel, president of the British group Pearson, the world’s number one in educational publishing, in full mutation towards online learning.

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Digital tools and platforms have saved on educational furniture, at least when available. Without them, two school years would have been sacrificed at the expense of an entire young generation. In 2020 alone“The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a series of school closures around the world for an average of fifteen weeks,” according to Unesco, which fears with Unicef, “A generation catastrophe”. It’s substantial. Vocational training also has accumulated rest days. “The crisis has greatly accelerated distance learning practices to ensure educational continuity against a backdrop of massive reliance on teleworking. However, this development happened painfully, often with a forced march for the unprepared training organizations.”, noted Aurélia Bollé, General Delegate of the Forum of Digital Training Actors (FFFOD). called to the rescue “E Learning”, under its Anglo-Saxon name, suddenly went from being an option to being mandatory. The equipped students managed to pull out of the game, but those who weren’t eliminated. Review of strengths and weaknesses.

Good gear required

First observation: The cases of success were strongly dependent on the digital experience and the commitment of the teachers. “I wasn’t surprised testifies Marion, a CP teacher in Châteauroux (Indre). Because the media that I use every day are mostly digitized and can be used from home. Good distance learning courses also require a good internet connection, an up-to-date computer, a scanner, an unlimited cell phone plan to call families… Which is not the case for all teachers. » Online educational resources didn’t wait for many teachers to take advantage of the restrictions and break free from classic textbooks. For example, the Canopé public network’s digital toolbox Canotech is a gold mine for educators, as is the Department of National Education’s Eduscol portal. There is also the Coué method.

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