Coronavirus: isolation and suspension of classes drive distance learning

Students and educational institutions needed to adapt, in haste, to Distance Education (EAD), since the exceptional ordinance of the Ministry of Education (MEC) allowed virtual teaching, so as not to compromise the school timetable during the period of social isolation and quarantine. of the coronavirus.

On the 18th of March, MEC published Ordinance No. 343, which authorizes “in an exceptional character” the substitution of face-to-face classes with classes of the distance education model (EAD). For this reason, even the most traditional and resistant institutions to distance learning have joined the modality to guarantee the fulfillment of the two hundred school days required by law.

Thus, through the computer or mobile device, students have access to videos, explanatory slide presentations, answers to doubts by e-mail and even live online classes.

The novelty reinforces the importance of Distance Education, a modality that is also the choice of those who aim to qualify in the period of isolation.

The future is EAD

In 2023, more students will enroll in distance education courses than in face-to-face courses, according to the projection of the Brazilian Association of Higher Education Maintainers (Abmes).

The increase in demand for distance education is growing, as pointed out by the Higher Education Census, conducted by Inep / MEC. According to the survey, in 2018 there were, for the first time in the historical series, more vacancies offered at a distance (7.1 million) than in classroom courses (6.3 million).

Flexibility to study and economics are the advantages pointed out by students who chose this type of teaching. This is because for an institution to maintain a distance learning course, it does not have the same expenses that it would have if the classes were in person. In addition, the student saves on travel, meals away from home and copies of handouts.

The master in Education and Contemporaneity, from the State University of Bahia (Uneb), Cíntia Dantas, 31, is in the 4th semester of Pedagogy EAD, at Uninassau and highlights that one of the biggest challenges of those who study by EAD is to maintain discipline. “It is necessary to pay attention to personal behavior in order not to fall into the trap of getting in the way of studies. You have to have a lot of discipline because the fact that you have the time you want to do the activities, sometimes, gets in the way because you leave it until the last minute ”, he warns.