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ERIC Number: EJ1279560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2353-5415
Sustaining a Prolonged Pivot: Appraising Challenges Facing Higher Education Stakeholders in Switching to Online Learning
Egan, Kieran; Crotty, Yvonne
International Journal for Transformative Research, v7 n1 p1-9 Dec 2020
An Irish Government directive to close colleges amid the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a switch to emergency remote teaching. Many lecturers unused to practicing online began teaching students who were unfamiliar with online learning. Completion of the semester does not necessarily indicate that it is practicable for a more extended period. This paper queries four aspects of the sustainability of emergency remote teaching: its acceptance by stakeholders; its impact upon student motivation and faculty workload; and its effect upon learning outputs. Questionnaires administered to undergraduate design students and faculty captured their respective experiences of emergency remote teaching. Acceptance of an extended pivot to online learning is not guaranteed, but will surely form a central facet of academic continuity. Increased working hours associated with online teaching endangers the work-life balance of lecturers, yet the same staff must find ways to support student motivation. Faculty's reduced expectations of student output places strain upon the sustainability of online education founded upon an unplanned pivot. The experience of emergency remote teaching has created an opportunity for all parties to leverage the affordances of online learning -- the challenge will be to ensure that all aspects of any extended switch to online are sustainable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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