Virtual and educational technology is making education, work and lives more accessible to a wider range of workers, students and people across all age and ability groups through improved access to online courses, distance learning and remote working.
Improved Education Technology, Learning and Communication Management Systems and Remote Learning and Teaching Platforms in schools and online have helped many learners to access online education while being stuck at home during government imposed lockdowns during the Coronavirus outbreak.
While you may think being at home has prevented people from pursuing their passions, one-third of Brits have found ways of enjoying their hobbies differently, or rather remotely.
Here are the top 4 online learning activities remote workers and remote learners have been using to occupy and boost themselves during lockdown — you will see that eLearning is the go-to option for many.
The 4 Favourite Online Activities During Lockdown
1. Taking Virtual Tours & Vacations
If you’ve always wanted to visit the Louvre or the British Museum, there’s no need to wait for travel restrictions to lift. You can tour these centers of culture for free online and lose yourself in fine art. You can also explore science, technology and human history from the comfort of your couch.
And if you’re a school leaver or prospective student, you can take virtual tours of universities you may be interested in. Being a culture lover can happen in the virtual world and schools can utilize such opportunities to allow their students to roam many famous and educational places through VR.
2. Playing Virtual Games
Unlike most of the other sectors, the gaming industry has seen explosive growth this year. The global video game market is projected to be worth $159 billion in 2020, which is a staggering $7 billion increase from last year.
When Italy declared the lockdown, official reports indicated a 70% rise in internet traffic. Most of the traffic was directed towards Fortnite. In a year since March 2019, the game from Epic industries has seen an increase of 100 million players, most of it during the UK lockdown months of March to June 2020.
Another big favourite is Minecraft, which is a massively popular multiplayer online (MMO) game that was released way back in 2009. Over the years, it has become one of the most popular games for kids, with over 200 million copies sold as of June 2020.
There are many more online games played all over the world and lockdown has given a boost to virtual gaming and learning.
3. Enrolling in Online Classes
Certified courses pad people’s resumes, and if you’re one of the many feeling job-insecure, frustrated with your current job or inspired to move into working online, this online activity during quarantine can open many new doors.
Many long-serving teaching staff struggled with the sudden digital teaching transformation due to a lack of digital skills for example. It is safe to say that exploring career options and skills in demand in today’s novel coronavirus world is a vital step to take to remain attractive to employers or get online as a freelancer.
If you don’t want to spend money on a degree program right now, you can take free or low-cost courses via learning platforms like SeekaHost University to brush up on skills like SEO, content writing or social media management.
4. Brushing up on Language Skills
Lockdown offered an opportunity to refresh a much loved language skill. So if you took French classes as a teen but forgot all you learned since you could simply download a language learning app. Some allow you to select multiple languages — you can perfect your Spanish while learning Arabic basics. When travel finally resumes, you can go nearly anywhere in the world and at least know how to ask where the toilet is.
People using EdTech Solutions are Much Better Equipped for the Future
The human brain is highly dependent on its sense of spatial perception and habit; therefore, the absence of an actual classroom can put additional stress on both students and educators. Especially for younger children it is challenging to refer to a screen rather than a human being.
This is particularly true for schools and teachers that have never adopted Educational Technology before. The establishments that did integrate digital classrooms and other associative tech before the present pandemic situation came into existence will have a much easier time.
Students and teachers to whom the concept of interacting via an online environment does not seem so alien or disconnected will be making progress much faster. This will also apply to any worker as they will most likely be trained mainly online in the future by any employer.
Familiarising Ourselves with an Interactive Virtual Environment
During the Coronavirus lockdown many employees were asked to work remotely from home. So, employers tried to maintain the same level of interaction with their employees while working from home and if the interactive technologies were used right, the work would immediately become more productive and easier to relate with.
With the advanced interactive features from live streaming or live chat sites like Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype employers and employees, teachers and students and even families were able to execute tasks like sharing files and enabling seamless text/voice interactions made remote communication so much faster and efficient.
To know more about remote teaching or digital learning management systems and other interactive elements like Seesaw, Google Classroom and more that are designed to help students and teachers breach the accessibility gap in online education, check out recommended LMS and software by the UNESCO.
Video Live Services improved Communication and Learning
Many people missed socializing with family, friends and colleagues.
So setting up virtual happy hours over video live services like Zoom or House Party became online socialization opportunities and a quarantine comfort for many — in fact, in a study of 2000 people mentioned earlier, 44% have used the internet for shared experiences since COVID began.
You can make your online meetings fun by creating a theme — have everyone dress up a certain way, plan for some trivia or cook together!
Video lessons improve the accessibility of every student and teacher by adding visual perception, but it also empowers the teacher to use whiteboards/blackboards in the same way that they would in a traditional classroom. The few mentioned here should help teachers and educational settings realise the kind of positive impact which the comprehensive implementation of IT in education can have today, as well as in the future.
Video work meetings kept teams up to date about current affairs and changes in the work place plus helped reduce the feeling of isolation while working from their home office.
Virtual Living is the Future
The Coronavirus Pandemic has led to many changes in the ways people live, work and learn. Most aspects of life are moving online and people will be required to have certain digital skills they can use to access online or virtual learning, working and living. It is therefore inevitable for everyone to learn such skills and be prepared for what is to come.