Special Issue "Post-COVID-19 Education for a Sustainable Future: Challenges, Emerging Technologies and Trends"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 11 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sébastien Jacques
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GREMAN UMR 7347, University of Tours, 37000 Tours, France
Interests: smart energy management systems; machine learning; attractiveness of higher education
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Prof. Dr. Abdeldjalil OUAHABI
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iBrain UMR 1253, University of Tours, 37000 Tours, France
Interests: signal and image processing; machine/deep learning; medical imaging; attractiveness of higher education
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic, which the world has been experiencing in full force since late 2019, has significant health, economic, financial, social, cultural, environmental, political, and also educational implications.  The pandemic has also challenged the suitability, viability and sustainability of university operating models, practices and systems. If they are to survive and thrive after the pandemic, universities must reassess and adapt their strategies. It is important to seize the moment to be innovative, proactive and adapt to a post-COVID-19 world; higher education must rethink its future and take steps to do so.

This Special Issue aims to provide concrete answers to today’s major challenges to accelerate education towards a sustainable future. The first challenge concerns the training of education professionals in digital culture. The “teacher factor” appears to be one of the most important factors for the success of students, who must be able to adapt throughout their lives to a constantly changing environment. The second challenge is the success of all, regardless of social origin. The third challenge concerns digital inclusion, which is expressed in terms of hardware (access to equipment and especially to networks), usage (use of tools and acquisition of good practices) and understanding (proper use of the systems used and familiarization with artificial intelligence), which is necessary for mastering usage and for the need to upgrade equipment.

“Post-COVID-19 Education for a Sustainable Future: Challenges, Emerging Technologies and Trends” will be an opportunity to both support active and engaged education, and build the post-COVID-19 educational world.

Dr. Sébastien Jacques
Prof. Dr. Abdeldjalil OUAHABI
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • educational practices with information and communications technology (ICT)
  • online learning
  • digital teaching
  • sustainability strategy
  • machine/deep learning
  • augmented reality technology
  • face recognition

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School Students’ Perception and Challenges towards Online Classes during COVID-19 Pandemic in India: An Econometric Analysis
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4786; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094786 - 24 Apr 2021
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide education system has been severely affected, following the shutdown of schools and colleges/universities since March 2020 in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Conventional classrooms shifted to online classrooms which profoundly impacted teachers’ and [...] Read more.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide education system has been severely affected, following the shutdown of schools and colleges/universities since March 2020 in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Conventional classrooms shifted to online classrooms which profoundly impacted teachers’ and students’ closed interaction, making a paradigm shift in the teaching-learning process, inter alia. Against such a backdrop, it is relevant to analyze the perception of students and the challenges of online classes during this ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The present study is based on a quantitative and sample survey approach. The respondent sample of 385 secondary school students from grades 8 to 12 in Delhi have been collected through a Google Form Questionnaire. The study was conducted in the months of January and February 2021. Statistical techniques, such as Descriptive Statistics, Chi-Square Test, Factor Analysis, Reliability Test and Logistic Regression, were used for analyzing the data. The Logistic Regression result shows that the quality of Internet, prior knowledge of ICT, family income, mother’s education and the number of rooms are positively impacting online classes. The findings of the study revealed that, on average, students have positive perceptions towards online classes during the pandemic to maintain their academic growth. Nonetheless, they experienced several challenges in online classes. Thus, the outcome of this research study will encourage policy makers and educational institutes to handle online classes in a better way, by adopting the latest techniques of online classes and by training teachers and students continuously so that the teaching–learning process becomes more enjoyable and effective during this ongoing pandemic. The government must take certain remedial measures to overcome the challenges in online classes and reduce the digital divide so that no students will be left out. Full article
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