We invited a group of Colombian universities to tell us about their reactions, actions, perspectives and challenges that they were facing due to the "new normality" derived from the pandemic, and how online education or e-learning in Colombia can play a role. fundamental in the near future of higher education in the country.
Within the framework of this contingency by covid-19, higher education institutions have been working silently, a series of deep processes that have demanded resources of all kinds, technological, physical and human, unknown to the general public. , which have allowed current students to continue their studies uninterruptedly.
But on the other hand, the Universities have had to act quickly, to prepare their academic offer to offer the options that the current situation allows. This allows us to see how e-learning in Colombia is projected as a short-term protagonist.
Through the decree 1330, that President Iván Duque sanctioned precisely a year ago, universities today have the opportunity to strengthen e-Learning in Colombia, by offering virtual programs with greater agility, and allowing them to receive a single qualified registration for a program and for this registration to apply to various modalities.
This helped them to act quickly in this contingency, saving them time on procedures, which would be critical in the current situation, and today they even have the possibility of adapting their entire undergraduate and postgraduate offer to virtual mode in a very agile way.
The different questions that the institutions have answered for this informative special are designed to understand what the challenges are in terms of adapting infrastructure, content, teacher training and preparing their students, how they have adjusted their previous plans to the new sector conditions. and the world, but especially to understand how they see online education or e-Learning in Colombia, as an ideal response to address this difficult crisis, which may be temporary, but also the opportunity to prepare the country for an unprecedented deployment of the educational quality in Colombia.
How have the universities faced the challenges that the pandemic has represented for higher education?
How have university students coped with learning challenges in the midst of the pandemic?
What changes in terms of technological infrastructure have you made in the institution, in order to adapt to learning at home?
How important is online education in the academic offer of the institution?
With the "new normal", does the institution have plans to change its online education offer?
What are the universities with the most virtual programs in Colombia?