Online Learning and War: How Pandemic Experience Can Help Ukrainian Education?


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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers passed a resolution on March 12, 2020, ordering all Ukrainian educational institutions to move their courses online. Since the lecturers and the students were both unfamiliar with the distance learning methods at the outbreak’s onset, the latter’s knowledge acquisition obviously suffered. As a result, traditional face-to-face instruction was occasionally reinstated at pre-K through university levels. 

Later, as the health crisis escalated, they repeatedly shut their physical doors to students and opened their virtual ones to information. Although the law establishing the standards for distance learning has been in place in Ukraine since 2013, relatively few educators were prepared to provide such a training method.

While the worldwide coronavirus pandemic is still a major concern, in Ukraine the ongoing war has far outstripped it and is now the principal obstacle to business as usual in the classroom. Since the start of the Russian invasion, distance education has been the only viable option, and colleges are scrambling to use the lessons learned during the pandemic. 

As a result of the ongoing conflict, many Ukrainians are turning to online education. This raises the question, “What are the primary advantages and disadvantages of online learning in Ukraine, and how to do these affect education during the time of war?” Existing reports, surveys, and theoretical conclusions on the topic of essay samples provided by online learning in Ukraine and around the world form the basis for this article. As a result, we are better equipped to give our training and development recommendations for the use of specific online learning strategies in Ukraine, both during the conflict and after it has ended.

A blending of Learning and Education

The unconditional benefit of online learning is that students now have more opportunities to combine work and studies, allowing them to simultaneously receive practical knowledge while learning theory at the university. This is in addition to the obvious benefits of online learning for students and teachers, such as spending less time commuting or having more free time. Nearly two-thirds of students desired to return to full-time studies at the start of the epidemic, but this had altered by the end of the second year (before the start of the war). 

Growth of Online Communities

The widespread availability of online education has made it simpler for both students and teachers to broaden their horizons and connect with new people. But these limits exist solely in a novel social setting, which may feel foreign to many people. For this reason, it’s possible that these new acquaintances won’t feel as close as those you made in the ‘offline’ world. Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of students engaging in academic mobility (for instance, a poll conducted by Volyn National University found that 43.2% of respondents had participated in academic mobility) (Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University, 2021).

Opportunities for Educators

The aforementioned considerations have a direct bearing on possibilities for teachers. Teachers today have more options than ever before to use cutting-edge methods of instruction in their classes. The enhanced online training and the option to have guest lecturers are only two of the benefits of this type of learning environment. This is mostly due to the increased availability of digital resources for educators. Furthermore, many educational institutions have made online learning platforms (such as Coursera, EdX, etc.) available to students during times of conflict, which considerably reduces the workload of a lecturer and expands the accessibility of information and the convenience of scheduling for students. 


Online meeting spaces (like ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc.) have made it easier for students from different universities to connect with one another. There may be a positive effect on coordination amongst universities as a result of this. As a result, prospective students will have an easier time determining which school is best for them, while educators and students from all walks of life will be able to learn from one another, engage in cross-cultural dialogue, and benefit from unconventional teaching and learning methods. Collaboration of this sort has the potential to forge a unified, interconnected web of resources and contacts. In addition, Ukrainian universities may be able to better serve overseas students if they have access to digital learning resources.


While the worldwide coronavirus pandemic is still a serious issue, in Ukraine the war has far outweighed it and is now the biggest obstacle to business as usual in the educational sector. As a result of the Russian invasion, colleges have had to adapt the information they obtained during the pandemic to the new reality of online learning. Now that the war has compelled many Ukrainians to pursue their education online, the question naturally arises: what are the primary benefits and drawbacks of online learning in Ukraine, and how do they affect education during times of war? As a result, we are better able to give our training and development recommendations for the implementation of selected online learning strategies in Ukraine both during the war and after it has ended.


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