COVID-19, the global education project and technology: Disrupting priorities towards rethinking education

Research in Social Sciences and Technology

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Title COVID-19, the global education project and technology: Disrupting priorities towards rethinking education
Creator Wolhuter, Charl
Jacobs, Lynette
Description This paper argues that the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic created a space to reconceptualise education and rethink priorities. Although no one will deny the devastating impact of the pandemic, humans have been able to continue with various projects, including the global education project, largely made possible through unprecedented technology advancement, as well as the uptake of technologies that advanced pre-COVID-19. In many ways, the clear distinction between human and technological (being non-human) practices has blurred to a point where the mere nature of human projects such as the global education project has become post-human. While different schools of thought on the nature of “post-human” exist, we use it to refer to what we are becoming together, a comprehension and awareness of the connectedness between humans and their natural and technological environment and the ethical concerns that come with it. COVID-19 provides an opportunity to reconsider the connectedness, complexities and dynamics of the world, and what we (humans, nature, Earth, technology) are becoming. Based on a literature survey and critical refection on the state of the global education expansion project at the time of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we suggest the following changes to the ways quantity, quality and equality in education are conceptualised. The employment of technology should be added in the conceptualisation of input quality. Flexibility, support and connectedness should be built into the process quality equation. Most importantly, ecology should also be added as a product of education, and not merely a contextual influence in education.
Publisher Research in Social Sciences and Technology- OpenED Network
Date 2021-09-10
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source Research in Social Sciences and Technology; Vol 6 No 2 (2021): Research in Social Sciences and Technology (Special Issue); 96-109
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Research in Social Sciences and Technology

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