January 21, 2021 – John Watson
As we leave 2020 behind and transition to the new semester and new year, what’s the latest prognosis for developments in digital learning?
Here’s the summary as we see it: the evidence continues to emerge that the post-pandemic landscape will be marked by two seemingly contradictory elements:
- An increase in permanent online and hybrid learning options for students, and
- Little long-term change in most physical schools, for most students.
Let’s look at each of these a bit more deeply.
An increase in permanent online and hybrid learning options for students
My Google news alert has at least one article about a district starting or expanding an online school just about every day, and often more than one such article. As one example (from Dec. 20), Botetourt schools setting virtual learning academy foundation, reports that:
COVID-19 wreaked havoc on Botetourt County schools’ way of doing things, but the distance learning that it enforced also opened a new niche in the division: a virtual learning academy…School officials are in the early stages of developing a perennial online school that would begin in fall 2021.
This quote captures much of what we…