Nowadays, with the unfortunate spread of the COVID-19 virus, governments asked citizens to stay at home for at least two weeks, companies allow employees to work from home when possible, and schools moved online. Prior to this pandemic, people’s perception of everything online, that it is a second-grade citizen. Working from home was considered a luxury that some companies offer as perks to attract excellent calibers. The same was true regarding education; schools rarely offered standard accredited, fully online learning.
Technology to the rescue
Governments, Companies, Schools, and universities turned to technology to overcome such tough situations; I am going to explore a few examples that I witnessed during the past week:
- The UAE government held its cabinet meeting online for the first time.
- The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is also meeting with his government online.
- The UK based University of Liverpool that already offered some of its postgraduate programs online for the last 20 years has moved all its classes for the year 2019/2020 to its online platform.
- Microsoft announced that its team collaboration software Microsoft Teams had witnessed a spike of an additional 12 million new users to a total of 44 million users.
- An Italian university was able to migrate 90% of its course online for 80,000 students in about four days, also using Microsoft Teams.
- Zoom also provided free licenses in schools in many countries including the US, Canada, UAE, Bulgem, and Germany.
Let’s take this to the other extreme, no internet, no technology, no work from home option. What would you think we humans will do? I can’t think of a good scenario.