When the pandemic forced education online almost overnight, many saw it as a temporary solution. Two years later, the impact of distance learning has helped to transform our nation's centuries-old traditional classroom model.
School closure tracker Burbio shows that the majority of classrooms have been in-person since March 2021. Further, school disruptions, where in-person learning does not happen for a pandemic-related reason, have been below 100 for most weeks since April 2022, down from the almost 7,500 disruptions a few months earlier during the peak of the Omicron wave.
This data highlights why it is unlikely that distance learning will replace traditional classrooms completely. In-person schooling is still the preferred form of learning for teachers, students, and parents.
But even in traditional classrooms, online learning is here to stay. Not to replace the face-to-face instruction but to augment it.