The potential of online learning for adults: early lessons from the COVID-19 crisis

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The [Coronavirus Disease 2019] COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a significant increase in online learning by adults. Much of the training that had started as face-to-face in classroom environments has been pursued online. Furthermore, individuals are being encouraged to use the time freed up by short-time work schemes to take up new training. As such, the crisis provides a powerful test of the potential of learning online. It also highlights its key limitations, including the prerequisite of adequate digital skills, computer equipment and internet access to undertake training online, the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Workforce development; Participation; Equity

Keywords: Adult learning; Online learning; Access to education and training; Barrier; Economic conditions; Digital skills; Student retention; Teacher training; Quality assurance; Skill certification; OECD country

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2020

Physical description: 15 p.

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Also called: The potential of online learning for adults: early lessons from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 crisis

Resource type: Paper

Document number: TD/TNC 141.1020

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