As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, schools around the globe are shifting to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.During a closure, communication between administrators, staff, parents and students is more important than ever.

This will allow the Indian education setup to leapfrog the impact that the changing nature of work is having on employment trends. The penetration of smartphones amongst the urban youth and rural pockets will ensure that ed-tech encapsulates a larger audience—thereby assuring a steady volume of new students for ed-tech players in the coming few quarters.

This will not only provide inclusivity by facilitating learning across geographies in India but will also mark a shift in the focus from “content” to the “capacity of tech-platforms”—being enablers. At a time when content is being marketed at a premium, we believe that ed-tech platforms as enablers will accelerate growth going forward.
The slow pace of change in academic institutions globally is lamentable, with centuries-old, lecture-based approaches to teaching, entrenched institutional biases, and outmoded classrooms. However, COVID-19 has become a catalyst for educational institutions worldwide to search for innovative solutions in a relatively short period of time.

To help slow the virus' spread, students in Hong Kong started to learning at home, in February, via interactive apps. In China, 120 million Chinese got access to learning material through live television broadcasts.

Other simpler - yet no less creative - solutions were implemented around the globe. In one Nigerian school, standard asynchronous online learning tools (such as reading material via Google Classroom), were augmented with synchronous face-to-face video instruction, to help preempt school closures.