Online Learning in Sri Lanka’s Higher Education Institutions during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The temporary closure of educational institutions during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has abruptly transformed the global education landscape in favor of distance learning. This radical shift saw a surge in the use of various digital platforms and applications, including digital learning management systems, collaboration platforms for live-video communication, massive open online courses (MOOCs), and tools for creating learning content. Some platforms have offered free access to basic services, especially during the pandemic, which higher education institutions used extensively, especially among academic staff and students with digital experience. For example, 90.3% of universities in Japan were providing distance learning as of 1 June 2020. In upper-middle-income countries, 88% of youth managed to continue learning, including 54% by video lectures and 40% by online testing. Read Full Article
Hayashi, Ryotaro, Garcia, Marito, Maddawin, Angelica, Hewagamage, K. P.