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The pandemic taught us resilience and adaptability

The pandemic opened the doors for distance learning

The pandemic changed the way many view life and education. This allowed for distance learning to become a common practice and an option for busy adults.

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Little did we know in March 2020 that life would change. That we would unite in suffering, through lock-down, through food-shortage, through uncertainty, and even through small victories of recovery.

The pandemic changed the way we perceive the future.

Italians taught us that despite being 8,640 kilometers away we would unite through music.

Technology allowed us to stay informed, connected, and reassured that “We were in this together.” On March 13, 2020 people organized a flash mob asking to stand on the balcony and sing or play something. It was our way to stay alive. To say “I’m here,” “I was there,” “I lived,” “Remember me.”

The reality was that in the process of singing, playing music, creating art, we silenced the coronavirus' ability to break our spirit.

As Elizabeth Edwards, an American attorney, author, and health care activist perfectly stated “resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”

And in that moment when hope seems to be fading away, more people from across the world united to sing an anthem that defy covid’s ability to keep us captivate. Resilience was born in the midst of all the suffering, confusion, and uncertainty.

During this time people’s perceptions changed. They had more time to focus on what really matter. Some fought the odds and started a company. Others chose to follow their passion and many decided to rethink life and what really mattered.

Inside Higher ED published an article today stating the “Gap Between Online and In-Person learning Narrows,” which shows that despite the Coronavirus many found solace and continued to pursue a higher education degree. The pandemic opened the doors for online or distance learning even for law schools.

According to Inside Higher ED “prior to the pandemic, fewer than 10 law schools offered hybrid J.D. programs…but once COVID-19 turned into a pandemic, the ABA offered temporary permission for then-in-person law schools to offer their programs online—and most followed suit.”

The changes presented many challenges for professors and students who had to adapt to a new way of learning. This made the experience that more arduous. However, Inside Higher ED states that “approximately half of students (51 percent) in mostly or completely face-to- face programs agreed in 2021 that their professors were using teaching methods that engaged them.” This shows that despite previous challenges many were able to adjust to online learning.

Distance learning continues to change higher education. The Genius Group, is a global ed tech and education company focusing on entrepreneur education that has recently acquired the University of Antelope Valley, with the goal to grow the university’s campus and build a metauniversity as reported by Higher ED Dive.

 

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