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Should education be suspended because of COVID-19? 

This past month we have seen schools, universities and business suspending their normal operations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus has spread throughout the world with alarming speed. This has forced among many, the Italian Government to impose restrictions on the operations of businesses, schools and universities in hopes of mitigating the situation. 

Let’s take a look at how COVID-19 has affected education and the ways that student information systems can provide useful tools for an uninterrupted educational experience. Since schools and universities are suspending normal operations what education leaders should do? Should students just stay home and wait until this situation resolves itself; that is only partially true. If students should avoid school for health reasons they should. But why must they lose the ability to continue their education from the comfort and safety of their own homes? 

The solution that Student Information Systems offer 

Student Information Systems offer unique e-learning capabilities that could resolve physical presence barriers for any reason, but also in cases of emergency situations such as the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Students can attend their classes normally from a distance by signing on to an e-class.  

E-classes offer much more than just convenience. They offer easy note-taking, recording of the classes to listen to it later, easy exchange of learning material and homework. A student is capable of doing all the things that would be able to do in a physical classroom excluding the horseplay! 

In the United States, K-12 Schools in more than 12 states have specific protocols for emergency situations where e-learning tools are used to compensate for the inability of students to attend school physically. Situations include extreme weather phenomena, seasonal flu and greater virus outbreaks. To make things easier in such situations many schools plan ‘e-learning days’ to get students familiarized with the various online tools for e-learning. 

Being proactive is always the best solution

It is outbreaks such as these that show us the need to be prepared not only for facing viruses through good personal hygiene but to have protocols in place to face events that can cause disruptions to everyday life. Businesses already employ work from home deals with employees as a form of working more efficiently. Why should your educational institution be any different? There are many Student Information Systems available in the market and many with the capabilities for e-learning. 

How Classter can support educational institutions in cases of emergency

Classter is feature-rich, allin-one Student and Learning Management System with extensive integration capabilities. The system can be used not only for the better management of your institution, teachers, students, employees and parents but for offering e-learning capabilities to all stakeholders. With the integration of MS Teams into the Classter platform, communication and co-operation are made extremely easy.

Students can use MS Teams for attending e-classes from the comfort of their home, whilst at the same time being able to see teachers and their classmates, receive and submit homework and exams, exchange class notes and files. This is easy to learn and easy to apply the solution to any situation that bars a student from physically attending school. 

E-learning is the future of education for many students who were otherwise unable to attend a school, people who seek further education but also work and any individual who faces location barriers. 

If you want to see how the integration works in action, book a meeting with Classter team.