Schools Went Online Over One Weekend – Opportunities and Challenges for Online Education Related to the COVID-19 Crisis

Virtual Paper ID: 57860
  1. aaa
    Tiina Mäkelä
    University of Jyväskylä
  2. aaa
    Saana Mehtälä
    University of Jyväskylä
  3. Kati Clements
    University of Jyväskylä
  4. Jenna Seppä
    University of Jyväskylä

Abstract: This study aims to further the understanding of the opportunities and challenges for online education from the perspective of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The situation was unique in many ways, as the migration from traditional to online education was very rapid and forced by situational circumstances. However, it also had the potential to foster organizational change in the use of online education in a way that has never been seen before. A literature review was used to explore the opportunities and challenges for online education, and the results are discussed in connection with the COVID-19 crisis. The study identified nine opportunities and nine challenges for online education that apply to online education in general and that can be considered when creating strategies for dealing with a crisis situation similar to COVID-19.


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