Top 5 Solutions for Online Learning in Response to the Pandemic

In the Philippines, there are many questions now about the continuity of the opening of schools.

So far, DepEd has opted in for doing online classes as an alternative for continuing courses during this crisis.

This coming August schools can resume, and students can go to school despite the threat of the pandemic and there's still an ongoing debate about this matter.

Meanwhile, Asian countries like Singapore, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have already opened schools. The question is, should we follow suit?

One of the main reasons why these countries can resume their education system is because of their excellent contact tracing methods and functional technologies, programs that they have which are appropriately funded and manned. Which no doubt contributed to beating the pandemic in their country, which makes it easier for them to resume classes.

According to UNESCO recently noted that school closures in Asia due to Coronavirus have put millions of children falling behind in education as classes shift online.

Now the next question that is on everybody's minds, not just parents, teachers but also students is that does our country the Philippines should open? And even if we can resume, are we ready for it? Not to mention, there's also high risk for the students going out of their homes.

As the country grapples with the virus, online education continues and the question of extending the traditional method of learning and attending physical classes is still uncertain.

We come up with the top 5 solutions for online learning in response to the pandemic. We want to share with you these solutions, not just for digital enterprises but also for educators who are using digital tools in their workplace.

5. Use of Big Data Analytics to Improve Outcomes

Most schools don't use big data to improve student outcomes, and it is an opportunity that many have not been taking advantage of. Today the education system is outcome-based or OBE, and if educators are not analyzing data or collecting it, then students are not getting this kind of opportunity.

Four areas of improvement using big data:

Big data has been done elsewhere in the world, and here are the four areas that it can impact on.

1. Improve student results

2. Reduce Dropout rates

3. Customize programs

4. targeted international recruiting

Here are the two best examples of schools or colleges using big data to improve the quality of education.

University of Central Florida administrators collaborated with Microsoft to use predictive data analytics to understand trends in students' and faculty's success. While Dartmouth College uses reel time data to help write instructional design and they study the metrics to do so. Unfortunately, Big data is not widely adapted given the benefits because people are not fully aware and also the challenges that come with collecting the data.