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Education in the Context of Coronavirus Pandemic and Advanced Virtual Technologies

Throughout this year 2020, Coronoavirus (Covid-19) and its consequences have been discussed across the world. Covid-19, in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO), is the infectious disease discovered in the 1960s caused by a coronavirus. However, the world typically was unaware of this virus and the disease before the first sudden outbreak of this epidemic originated in Wuhan, China, which is the country’s technological and industrial hub, in December 2019, and now it has become the pandemic as it has affected the entire world causing death of more than 4lac people yet. 

It has been found that the ‘ease of transmission’ is the fundamental reason for the fast outbreak of Covid-19. Currently, almost all the well-developed and developing countries are suffering from this virus. It has been established that anybody can be affected by Covid-19 if he or she contacts someone who has already diagnosed positive for the virus. The WHO says the major reason behind the fast growing spread of Covid-19 are droplets thrown out from the nose or mouth of such a person who is already infected.

All the unfavorable and negative consequences of this disease are global, causing the economic and social paralysis of numerous communities and economies, as it is strictly recommended by the WHO and other associated health authorities to people to stay at home in isolation. We at UK Writing Help, a research and writing guidance online company, and the entire education and other business sectors across the world analyze the consequences that the current situation of Covid-19 may have on or activity and plan actions to deal with it, preventing its spread.

Virtual Technologies At The Risk of Covid-19

Over the past few months, numerous sports, business and leisure events have been cancelled due to the consequences of the Covid-19. The need for the attendance of those attending these events in the same space and the risk of massive contagion among them has led to their immediate cancellation, waiting for these events to be re-planned after a reduction in the risk of its contagion.

In the Education context, there is a high risk of Covid-9’s contagion and spread among students because of their closed sitting and gathering at the educational settings. Due to this harsh situation of the impracticality of teaching students in the face-to-face environment, more and more institutes are recognizing the potential of virtual environments and advanced technologies. Although for last few years virtual environments and latest technologies have been growing with rapid pace owing to a variety of learning terms, such as ‘learning by doing’, ‘distance learning’ and ‘any time any where’, their development and implementation as the key educational resources have increased noticeably due to the risk of Covid-19 spreading.

Given this situation of the worldwide spread of the Covid-19, the main argument in favor of the growth of these environments and technologies in the educational world is the need for students to be present in the real space where the training action is carried out and the possibility of sharing goals and virtual non-physical models. 

Following Among the main environments and virtual technologies that reduce the Covid-19 spreading in the educational environment:

Learning Management System (LMS) 

Online LMS develops a virtual environment, in which we can learn and train through the internet. It allows both teachers and students to manage and participate in the different training activities scheduled within an online teaching or e-learning process.

Virtual Reality (VR) 

The possibility of creating virtual environments through a combined system of software and hardware is giving rise to the creation of a multitude of tools in which, through an avatar (virtual character), numerous users can interact in the same virtual space.

Augmented Reality (AR)

This disruptive technology allows creating an interactive experience within the user’s real space, visualizing different virtual models and sharing them with other users. In this way, many users can work collaboratively and without the need to be present in the same physical space.

Bottom Line

During the last six months in Wuhan and four months across the world, we have seen the cancellation of almost all educational activities as the first measure owing to the high risk of Covid-19’s contagion and spread. At the international level, many educational centers (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and University Education) have postponed teaching activities in this situation. It is not ruled out that, given the possible continuity of this contagion, these cancellation measures are taken by other centers and continue in the medium term.

The advantages posed by the new virtual environments and technologies at the risk of the Covid-19, demand the need to immediately invest human and technical resources in its implementation and subsequent development, with the aim of paralyzing educational action for a longer time.

Thus, in addition to their interest in the education sector, these adaptive, scalable and non-contact technologies have enormous development potential in virtually any activity.

Author Bio

Carl Smith is an experienced writer serving a UK based writing help firm, UK Writing Help, for the last 5 years. Hopefully, this post, which is in the purely current context of Covid-19, will help readers that the future of education is based on innovative technologies.