One immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring was the temporary shutdown of schools all over the world, leaving over 1 billion students without classrooms. Schools were forced to quickly launch and scale up virtual learning curricula. The speed, scale, and breadth of the virtual learning services that followed simply would not have been possible without world-class cloud infrastructure and learning platforms.
The rapid shift to cloud-based virtual learning across the globe is already having a transformative effect on education, and is likely to provide more flexibility in the way schools deliver education services in the future. The power and agility of public cloud infrastructure enabled many educational technology companies across Europe to scale existing services and quickly launch new solutions to help teachers and students adjust to a new way of learning, ensuring continuity of education.