Five lessons the education sector learned during COVID-19

To analyze the new trends and changes that have occurred in the world of education as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the President of the IMF Institucin Acadmica, Carlos Martnez, participated in the conference “Transformation of society and of the university before the new law of the learning society ”.

Organized by the Fundación Universidad-Empresa, with Carlos, experts such as Mara Gmez-Seco, Talent Acquisition Discipline Manager at BBVA; Luis Gonzlez Lorenzo, CEO of Turing Technologies; and Carlos Molina, CEO of 5Opro; in a session moderated by Javier Chicote, from ABC newspaper, to talk about new models of learning, teaching and accreditation.

By way of conclusion of the day, the IMF drew the five main lessons that COVID-19 has left in the education sector.

1.Online and offline hybrid model to personalize education

The education sector was one of the first to suffer from the measures taken against the pandemic. Faced with confinement, schools, colleges and universities have canceled their face-to-face courses and had to adapt their entire educational model to online mode so that millions of students do not interrupt their learning. This hasty digitization resulted in many problems due to the haste with which it was implanted and without a solid foundation. There are currently 25 students for each class at best, resulting in a lack of customization. For this reason, digital transformation offers the possibility of addressing each student in a more dynamic and direct way. Without a doubt, COVID-19 has highlighted the potential of the technology and the benefits of a hybrid model with face-to-face and distance learning for students.

2.New teaching methods and tools

Despite the fact that some educational centers were already using tools such as Zoom or Skype in a specific way, the health crisis meant that during the first months of COVID-19 these platforms became the perfect ally for teachers and students to follow the usual rhythm of classes.

Thus, as the pandemic progressed, the tech giants took advantage of this context to launch new tools on the market that made it possible to improve this communication, and the centers adopted them to improve the development of masters, courses and other types of education. .

3. Complete and improve the professional profile

If there is anything that crises have taught us throughout history, it is that they can be accompanied by opportunity. Creativity is essential at the moment and many companies have had to reinvent themselves not to close their doors. In education it is exactly the same thing: many professionals have just entered the market with few possibilities to get their first job or to change jobs. Therefore, retraining and the need to supplement education are essential to achieve a multidisciplinary profile, so suitable at this time. Ultimately, an up-to-date CV will be much more appealing to companies entering a selection process.

“ General skills ” occupy a central place over “ technical skills ”

Hard skills refer to all the technical skills or knowledge that employees have to carry out their activity. For example, the field of writing to develop a journalist profession. The point is that these types of skills and qualifications, while necessary, have taken a back seat; while soft skills, linked to emotional intelligence, become more and more important for companies when selecting profiles. For this reason, it is essential that educational organizations appeal to meritocracy and the acquisition of general skills to differentiate themselves from obtaining the title exclusively.

5. Universities and businesses must go hand in hand

In addition to being a health crisis, the coronavirus has shaken the entire economic structure. At present, more than 3.7 million people in our country are unemployed and the short-term forecasts are not very favorable. To prevent this number from growing, especially among young people, universities and businesses must work together to bring the needs of society closer to the classroom. The formation of many university careers is far from what the reality of work requires, so experts agreed that it was necessary to implement real cases so that once their studies are completed, they can face the market of work with more attractive skills. for companies.

In this way, this pandemic has highlighted that education needs a major step forward to adapt to the needs of the market and to the needs of businesses and society. “This unprecedented situation has made us evolve four years in terms of digital transformation. Certainly, in an ordinary context, we would have done it more slowly. But this is only the first step in achieving 100% online education, which the IMF is native to, ”concludes Carlos Martnez at the end of the day.

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