What’s the Long-Term Game Plan for Virtual Learning and Higher Ed?

The COVID-19 pandemic shook higher education to its core. The second half 2019-2020 school year was well underway when the world changed. Many institutions had to send students home with little notice, transitioning to an only-online format with essentially no warning.

However, the situation, while still fluid, isn’t the same as it was then. It’s less about navigating an emergency and more about establishing what may be a “new normal.” Higher ed has to create a workable game plan that will hold up, particularly if there’s a resurgence.

Exactly what that will look like may vary a bit from on higher ed institution to the next, but most will ultimately have quite a bit in common. If you’re wondering what the long-term game plan will be, here’s what you need to know.

Maturing Virtual Learning Landscapes

In the early days of the pandemic, many higher ed institutions had to scramble to create the online content they needed to keep students on track. It was an unprecedented situation that required quick solutions, so not all of the results were ideal.

Now, that same sense of urgency is subsiding. Instead of the mad dash toward a solution, schools can design their virtual learning methodically.

Not only will the quality of the content improve, but the overall quality of the experience may, as well. Colleges and universities are investing more in their virtual learning landscape, providing students with access to better features and systems.

Professors and instructors will also benefit from the increased focus on online learning. They’ll have higher quality tools available, ensuring they can keep students engaged and on target.

Beyond the Seminar – A Focus on Engagement

As learning transitions online, potentially for the long-term, relying on the seminar approach isn’t ideal. Students may have trouble staying engaged during a two-hour video-based lecture. Often, classroom-based lectures included some conversational aspects, as teachers may ask students questions, or students may raise a hand when they need clarifications. That isn’t as easy to manage virtually and isn’t available at all with pre-recorded lectures.

Since student engagement is vital, higher ed institutions may move away from the seminar format. Incorporating more engaging activities, implementing gamification, and similar steps may be necessary to ensure a quality learning experience. Precisely how that will unfold will vary depending on the subject being covered, though it will remain essential across the board.

Do You Need L&D Talent To Help You Develop a Long-Term Game Plan?

Creating a long-term game plan for virtual learning may seem like an incredibly daunting task. However, with the right L&D staff by your side, it is achievable. If you don’t know where to begin, the team at Clarity Consultants can offer you the support and guidance you need to succeed.

With over a quarter of a century of L&D experience, Clarity has the expertise you need to create a virtual learning plan that will work today and well into the future. Plus, by teaming up with us, you’re partnering with candidate search allies that can expedite your talent search, allowing you to secure the professionals you need as quickly as possible.

If you need top L&D talent, the professionals at Clarity Consultants can help. Contact us today.

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