Distance learning gains adherents and increases after restrictions end

More than 50 institutions participated in a research on the modality

Published in 27/11/2021 - 11:24 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

The announcement of the covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 brought several social transformations. With the restrictions on mobility and social contact, indispensable sectors had to undergo adaptations. One of the most significant occurred in education, which started to adopt the distance learning (EAD) model in practically all types of education - from basic training to master's and doctoral degrees.

Despite presenting, on average, worse performance than on-site courses, distance courses offer viable teaching options for students who need to work and study at the same time and for people who need to compartmentalize or make study hours more flexible.

"EAD fits perfectly as a solution to the current reality due to its flexibility, the different means of content transmission (videos, texts, applications, games), the existing communication channels, in addition to benefiting different types of learning", highlighted Fábia Kátia Moreira, a distance learning and international technology consultant who has been working in the area for over 25 years.

For the consultant, "in view of the covid-19 pandemic, even the most traditional institutions that are resistant to distance learning are making use of this modality, if not to offer new learning possibilities to students, at least to guarantee compliance with the two hundred school days required in law".

Quality of life

According to psychologist and graduate student in People Management, Jaqueline Oliveira, EAD offers an increase in quality of life, as it eliminates the need to travel. “It helped me a lot because of the flexibility of schedules. I have a very busy life and I live in an area that makes me need to take public transport for at least 1h30 before arriving at the educational institution. I gained quality of life and adapted to teaching. I believe that I no longer want to do face-to-face teaching”, he stated.

A survey carried out by the Brazilian Association of Distance Education (Abed) shows that both demand and supply for distance learning courses increased substantially between 2020 and 2021, and that, despite the situation created by the pandemic, the market tends to consolidate even after the end of sanitary restrictions.

The characteristics of distance education, however, also bring difficulties. Among them, the increase in defaults and school dropouts. The data collected by Abed show that for 21.6% of the distance learning courses offered, delinquency grew by up to 50%. School dropout rates are also higher via distance learning - for 27.5% of the analyzed courses, dropout rates increased by up to 50%.

Of the students interviewed and who are in default, 70% blamed the economic crisis created by the pandemic as a reason to suspend tuition payments, while 47.1% said they had difficulties in adapting to emergency remote teaching.

National Day of Distance Learning

Established in 2003 by the Brazilian Association of Distance Learning (Abed), the 27th of November marks the celebration of distance learning as a tool for education and democratization of knowledge.

To discuss relevant topics on the subject, such as methodologies, educational profiles and challenges in the distance learning market, Abed prepared a calendar of free online lectures for the public - both students and educators.

The complete schedule can be found here .

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

Edition: Maria Claudia

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