In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 Pandemic has changed how students around the globe are educated. More than 1,576,021,818 learners representing 91.3% of the student population in over 188 countries were affected. The pandemic crisis has forced educational institutions at all levels as well as regulatory bodies to re-assess and revise long-standing assumptions and practices about education. The changes that have occurred in the past couple of months gave us a us a glimpse of how the educational system could be disrupted forever.
Institutions of learning worldwide have been finding ways to deliver remote teaching and ensure learning continuity during the past three months while still planning for both the short- and long-term future. A range of strategies and scenarios to ensure business continuity, student safety and the challenging quality learning have been developed at both national and institutional levels ranging from continuing next academic year fully online, to adopting a hybrid model and re-opening campuses for face to face learning.
The aim of this series of panel discussions “In Conversation with CLICKS” is to provide in-depth discussions and insights about planning the future of higher education while capitalizing on lessons learnt from the Covid-19 Pandemic.
During the months of June and July four Panel Discussions are planned. Each panel will bring together thought leaders from across various parts of the world to:
- Address key considerations institutions of higher education must reflect on to manage the crisis and build resilient educational eco-systems in the short and long term.
- Discuss the impact of the pandemic on the higher education sector and how it is disrupting the future of universities and colleges.
- Identify scenarios and strategies countries and institutions are considering for the Fall 2020-2021 academic year.
- Share good practices institutions have been adopting to navigate through the pandemic and what were the lessons learnt.