We have managed to return to something resembling normal business, our students are back, lessons are being taught and assessment is taking place. We have returned with a new set of approaches under our belts. Our attendance is up because students off ill can still come to classes remotely and our assignments are all online, and can be set, completed and assessed all at the click of a button which means our ability to track progress and support where support is needed has increased tenfold. I believe the Coronavirus has sharpened our teaching skills and broadened the range of skills we teach as our students are now experts at working productively in an online environment.
A skill like this is what we call a transferable skill. I believe transferable skills are not always counted when people discuss the merits of teaching various subjects. But I think they are the most important. The current obsession with STEM subjects forgets the fact that most of us don’t actually work in the areas that we studied at college or university. It was in fact the transferable skills we learnt that were most important in helping us join the workplace. Knowing that date the Magna Carta was signed or the amount of electrons in a Helium atom whilst useful, are not in my opinion, as important as being able to organise yourself, set targets, develop people skills, understand how to use technology, develop business skills or entrepreneurship.
And these skills will be very important in the future because the Coronavirus is going to fundamentally change not only the nature of the workplace, but the workplace itself. And as certain jobs die away other, new professions will emerge. And the ability for the current generation entering the workplace to be able to bend and adapt to this must be at the forefront of our education system.