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Online education in the post-COVID era

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to engage in the use of virtual learning.

Posted: Sep 14, 2021 4:12 PM

Lafayette, LA (KADN) - Education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of virtual learning, where teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. This new technique has come in handy for tropical weather. 

Tommy Bylar says "Making decisions to postpone school is always a difficult call for any superintendent".

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to engage in the use of virtual learning. I spoke with the superintendent of the vermillion parish school board and he says instead of canceling class for bad weather they can easily switch to online learning.

He says "It just gives you another opportunity it's one of the things we actually learned from hybrid learning so instead of just canceling school completely we kind of make it a virtual slash hybrid day".

In the past online learning was viewed as an alternative pathway but it has now become the norm for grade school, college, and beyond. He says virtual learning can be difficult so plans and procedures must be put in place.

Bylar says "But we want to make sure our protocols are in place because we don’t want to just say we’re going virtual learning and its just potluck we want to have some systems in place and of course it not going to all be some people are going to be out of electricity some people are not going to have internet access but if we can reach the masses, it’s still better than us just canceling school completely and having to make up minutes later in the year".

St. Martin parish superintendent Allen Blanchard says while virtual learning is a positive alternative it takes away from other student activities.

Blanchard says "I'm trying to do in St. Martin Parish is make it as normal as an experience as possible given all the regulations I want our students to be able to experience those normal things that they experienced at school before covid.

The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to have a lasting effect on education and so much more. 

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