When the COVID-19 pandemic finally reached the United States, the country immediately went into full panic mode. Just about every industry took a major blow, with education being one of the largest areas of concern. In only a matter of days, every school and university had shut down indefinitely, causing instant uncertainty for the future of education. New questions rose every day about how teaching could continue without physically being in the classroom for the safety of students and teachers. With the help of online technologies such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, and various other programs, learning was able to continue so that students will not fall too far behind due to the pandemic. Once education was able to run smoothly via the internet, the financial and mental benefits of online learning for students started to be much more clear.
The intent of this blog post is to introduce the benefits of online education and give readers insight into some beneficial resources that can be utilized to further improve their online education experience as both a student or teacher. Due to the global pandemic that we are currently experiencing, a number of changes have been made in the way that education is continuing. By transitioning to an online education environment, the cost of attending universities may decrease, new technologies are being introduced to facilitate online learning, and the retention of information for students has started to increase.