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‘Pandemic has proved e-learning critical vehicle to deliver education’

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The pandemic forced universities in Pakistan and around the world to quickly transition to online teaching and learning.

Since the initial disruption, e-learning has grown from a short-term response for ensuring academic continuity to becoming a critical choice for supporting university education, according to The News.

“Since mid-March 2020 we have had over 429,000 new learners and 1.2 million enrolments on the Coursera platform from Pakistan,” Leah Belsky told The News during an interview. The MOOC provider boasts 919,000 plus learners from around the world.

The disruption in education due to the Covid-19 pandemic has turned Pakistan into one of the top 10 markets in the Asia-Pacific region for Coursera, according to the chief enterprise officer of the international massive open online course (MOOC) provider.

Shedding light on the effectiveness of the online education system over traditional learning systems, Leah said that the double disruption of automation and the pandemic is likely to displace an estimated 85 million jobs by 2025.

Among those set to remain in their roles, 50 percent will need reskilling by 2025. This rate of change means that people will require reskilling and upskilling throughout their lifetimes, which hasn’t been the model for education traditionally.

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