A "tipping point" for online learning

October 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many postsecondary instructors teaching online, with new developments arising from the switch to online learning. An article released by Contact North discusses how factors such as global unemployment and recessionary forces, debt, and expansion of global credentials might shape institutions, and the Canada-specific barriers such as inaccessibility of broadband internet. The article also argues that “the key question for colleges and universities will not be the balance of online versus face-to-face or other teaching methods, but survival.” This is the real tipping point for institutions, as not all institutions will be able to return to their previous operations. The article says that “the key will be the attitude and responsiveness of students, faculty and institutions to adapt and change.” Contact North (National)