:sync: Open Education During Covid-19: Challenges, Prospects and Way Forward

Author: Ramesh Chander Sharma
Institution: Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi, New Delhi
Country: India

Topic: Global Collaboration, Strategies, & Policies in Open Education
Sector: Higher Education
UNESCO Area of Focus: Developing supportive policy
Session Format: Presentation


Following the first-time identification of Coronavirus (Covid-19) in December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that Covid-19 is a global pandemic in March 2020, and warned about its highly contagious nature (WHO, 2020). As a precaution to slow down its spread, countries all around the world followed strict protocols such as complete or partial lockdowns, social distancing regulations, and curfews. To reduce the chances of humans infecting each other with Covid-19, places where humans interact closely were shut down, including educational institutions. Accordingly, as an outcome of the measures taken worldwide, more than 1.5 billion enrolled students of all ages from all around the globe experienced interruption of education which equals nearly 90% of the global student population. This paper will discuss the measures to ensure the continuity of education, emergency remote education was put in practice in varying delivery modes.


Emergency remote teaching, Open Education, Instructional Delivery, Online Assessment, Teacher Preparedness

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