Digital and Technological Support of Distance Learning at Universities under COVID-19 (Case of Ukraine)
Keywords:Distance Learning, Higher Education Sector, Digital Tools, COVID-19
The crisis of COVID-19 and the lockdowns announced in all countries of the world in early 2020 affected all people and areas of the economy, including education. In this regard, universities around the world were quickly forced to transform the educational process into a distance format. Thus, the article analyses the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning and teaching for students, as well as the peculiarities of the response of universities to actual challenge. The article presents the results of scientific-theoretical and applied research on the problem of providing distance learning at a high-quality level. The authors used the case of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, which was one of the first in Ukraine in 2020 to introduce a powerful distance educational platform “KNU Online”. The scientific novelty of the study is that the authors analysed the current state of higher education in a pandemic and made a forecast of possible changes in the market of educational services using ICT. In addition, in the period of turbulence, the processes are analysed, when free economic zones are actively inclined to find innovative ways to increase their own level of competition and provide educational services on quality and continuous basis. It is proposed to use the case “KNU Online” as a good practice to obtain all the necessary range of educational services in the most accessible and convenient way.
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