Volume 1, April, 2022

 

DYNAMICS AND EFFECTS OF COVID-19 IN EDUCATION PROCESS

Luben Boyanov
Pages: 38-45


ABSTRACT: The digital transformation and digitalization of education has been an important topic in the last decades, but before the Covid-19 crisis it was approached in a slow pace and carefully rather than insistently and on a global scale. Existing plans to expand and implement digitalization in education were ubiquitous and were present in a number of international, European and Bulgarian policy documents. They address the needs and importance to enhance and improve the efficiency of the digital education processes, including the digital skills of teachers and students. Digital transformation processes got accelerated in an ad-hoc manner, within a very short period of time, after the early months of 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic started. As a result of this health crisis, the world started using more active and effective the existing digital communications and information technology products. People got quickly acquainted with a number of popular digital tools, used for education purposes, that were available but were not part of their work until 2020. Thus they avoided the risk of suspension and significant interruption of the global education process due to the massive closedown of schools. Although, facing a number of difficulties, the quality of education did not remain up to the level of face-to-face learning, both learners and teachers made great strides in the adoption of many digitalized products. This report examines some of the global and local developments and the effects of the Covid-19 crisis in education.

 

Keywords: Covid-19, digital tools, digitalization, education

 

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