The outbreak of the deadly Corona virus has unleashed a global crisis and one of the avenues that has responded with least willingness to take any form of risk is the educational campuses across the globe.
Administrators, parents, children and teachers are trying their best to counsel and assure an uninterrupted transition to move on with their academic journey. Some schools have shut down, some are in a rush to switch over to online education without adequate preparation. Many American universities like NYU operating in China have moved on to online mode at lightning speed.
The E-learning providers in China added over $3 Billion in the first phase of the Corona virus outbreak. According to the World Health Organization, more than 25,000 people across the globe have accessed real-time knowledge from WHO experts on how to detect, prevent, respond to and control the new corona virus in the 10 days since the launch of an open online training.
There is panic, uncertainty and chaos to deal with this crisis. Many learning centers are in dilemma and others are exploring the inevitable option to switch over to virtual learning options. There is a massive paradigm shift to deal with: how fast can the mindset of the students and facilitators be transformed? How do they implement the change and manage the transition? How much resources should be unleashed to build awareness and train all stakeholders involved?
At Westford University College, we have students from 113 countries spread across the world, 70% of our overall students are pursuing online MBA and Undergraduate programs from reputed universities in UK and other parts of Europe. We have students and faculties located in various parts of the globe engaging and interacting in different time zones. Our students are familiar and trained to adapt to the virtual learning platforms and the transition would be easy even for the full-time onsite students to shift gears and log on to the virtual learning platforms. Our learning pedagogy is designed with a blended learning approach driven by technology and virtual learning platforms.
Westford being the pioneers in Online Education with over 10 years of excellence in education offering various programs to students across the globe has an edge to quickly adapt to the current challenges and would go few steps ahead to enhance the quality and learning experience of the superior virtual learning platforms that we offer. While global giants like Microsoft and Google are extending their contributions offering enterprise conferencing tools to the corporate world, Westford has already occupied that space in conducting various corporate training programs engaging the corporate world as well.
At Westford, we have a very close to real active virtual classrooms that offers highly interactive state of the art live learning sessions. The tools used are highly sophisticated and stimulates the learning experience and diffuses any perceived disadvantages of remote learning.
The crisis is real, and every functional and operational avenue are exploring ways to cope with this devastating outbreak. The world cannot be in a standstill. There must be a way to cope with this challenge. While we pray and hope for an early recovery, our aspiring students at Westford University College has a choice to continue with their education and accomplish their dreams.
Let us pray and keep working hard to offer alternative solutions to an alarmingly apprehensive world around us!