To date in 2020, at least 4,234 higher education institutions and over 124,000 schools have been forced to shift to distance learning models across North America. 25.8 million higher education students¹ and 55 million K-12 pupils² have been affected, each having to quickly adapt to new ways of learning that may be here to stay.
Distance Learning Growing Pains
I have a 12-year-old middle schooler. Her school, like so many others, was forced into a remote learning model as a result of COVID-19. We were sort of lucky since this school provided laptops to all their students as part of their regular learning model, and much of their curriculum was already online. That meant a limited learning curve with the equipment, and mainly a need to learn the platform the school elected to use. I’ve been using Microsoft Teams for years — an exceptionally robust and approachable platform — and found my experience helped with her modest learning curve.