ERIC Number: EJ1298539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Post-Pandemic Higher Education: Perspectives from University Leaders and Educational Experts in the United Arab Emirates
Ashour, Sanaa; El-Refae, Ghaleb A.; Zaitoun, Eman A.
Higher Education for the Future, v8 n2 p219-238 Jul 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an opportunity to rethink higher education. This study focused on analysing experiences from three higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since the onset of the crisis and explored how university leaders and professors in these institutions imagine post-COVID-19 higher education. The study aimed to find out whether the pandemic has been a factor that has helped to legitimize online teaching and learning as a universal mode of delivery across different fields of studies, or if the Zoom fatigue has shown its limitations. In addition, the research investigated what transformations university experts predict and their vision for the future of higher education. The study found that many lessons learnt during the period of forced adoption of distance education will be used by universities to enhance and expand online learning provisions. This shift will be driven by the investments the universities have made in distance education and the increased familiarity of the students, staff and institutions with e-learning. The study participants foresee that more sophisticated forms of hybrid campuses will be a more appropriate model for the future, if face-to-face (F2F) classrooms do not return.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, Higher Education, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Program Effectiveness, Educational Change, Distance Education, Blended Learning, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, School Closing, Administrators, Administrator Attitudes, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates