Although blended learning had already been used by universities over the past 10 years, the pandemic has accelerated this process. All universities have taken steps to adapt their teaching to avoid disruption of studies, but those with Business programs are especially embracing this format, due to a high amount of part-time students. This project aims to show the changes that have taken place and how Covid-19 has affected the future of teaching and learning.
Shifting to online and blended learning
The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the way we all live, work, and learn. Higher education institutions had to adapt to the pandemic situation almost suddenly and accelerated the implementation of ICT skills and competencies. Teachers were forced to convert their teaching and learning to online formats during the lockdowns, most of them moving to blended learning formats after the reopening.
What will remain?
The University St. Kliment Ohridski-Bitola and the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland quickly reoriented themselves towards providing conditions for students and teaching staff to apply and strengthen blended learning. It has become an intense opportunity for those involved who want to improve the educational system. As a logical consequence, it is now inevitable to explore which skills, tools, and methods will be maintained, further developed, and creatively combined after the Covid-19 crisis.