Thousand Oaks educational nonprofit SynED earlier this month published a report detailing insights from academics regarding the long-term impacts of the pandemic on teaching and learning.Titled “Beyond the Pandemic: Lessons Learned from COVID-19,” the 107-page review was published in SynED’s quarterly non-traditional learning magazine ReportOUT. The latest issue contains 13 articles written by professors, directors and fellows from educational institutions across the country.Steven Mintz, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote an article titled “K-12 Trends and the Future of Higher Education,” in which he lists seven trends from the K-12 space that higher education stakeholders would do well to embrace. Among them are to prioritize equity, focus on social emotional learning and life skills, and address nonacademic barriers to student success.“Long before this spring’s lockdown or this summer’s protests, public schools had already begun to reckon with gross disparities in learning outcomes,” he wrote. “Colleges and universities have much to learn from their struggles.”Other articles in the report address how faculty can best care for students during a crisis, the future of online learning considering the emergence of the 5G wireless mobile network and the prevalence of student cheating.
“COVID-19 has amplified existing problems in our community and in education, but we should be excited by the fact innovation has suddenly moved from the margins to the center of many education systems,” Guy Smith, ReportOUT’s executive editor and a former faculty member at Antioch University in Culver City, said in a statement. “For instance, we’ve learned that some higher education functions can be done remotely with few, if any, negative consequences.”“We will never go back to where we were before COVID, but if we pay attention to the data and listen to what our communities say they need, we can make incredible strides in education that will be felt for generations to come,” Smith added.