Benefits and drawbacks of on-line programs after their compelled march into observe

From Charles de Laubier

Published September 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM – Updated September 6, 2021 at 8:53 PM.

The school year 2021-2022 begins, like the previous one, in uncertainty. With its now common accompaniment of concerns: new options, health measures, the risk of imprisonment … So it’s time for the first evaluations. The focus is on online education, which has been so popular since the 1990s and is finally being put into practice on a large scale. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, educational institutions around the world have had to go online quickly, sometimes within a few days. Many – not all – have adapted in some way. “ explains Sidney Taurel, president of the British group Pearson, the world leader in educational publishing, in a complete mutation towards accurate online education.

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Digital tools and platforms, at least when available, have saved educational furniture. Without them, two school years would be completely sacrificed at the expense of the entire young generation. Only in 2020“The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a series of school closures around the world averaging fifteen weeks,” according to UNESCO, which he fears with Unicef, “generational disaster”. It’s considerable. Vocational training also has accumulated closing days. “The crisis has significantly accelerated distance learning practices to ensure continuity of learning against the background of the massive use of telework. However, this development took place in pain, often with a forced march for training organizations that were not prepared., noted Aurélia Bollé, General Delegate of the Digital Education Actors Forum (FFFOD). Called to the rescue, “e-learning”, under its Anglo – Saxon name, suddenly passed from option to duty. Equipped students managed to pull out of the game, but those who did not fall out. An overview of strengths and weaknesses.

Good equipment needed

Initial observations, success stories depended closely on the digital experience and dedication of teachers. “I was not surprised, testifies Marion, CP teacher in Châteauroux (Indre). Because the media I use every day are mostly digitized and usable from home. Good distance learning courses also require a good internet connection, the latest computer, a scanner, an unlimited mobile plan for calling families … Which is not the case for all teachers. » Online educational resources were not waiting for the closure, which will benefit many teachers and free themselves from traditional textbooks. For example, the Canotech digital toolbox of the Canopé public network, as well as the Eduscol portal of the Ministry of National Education, is a golden mine for teachers. There is also the Coué method.

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