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Technology supported learning and pedagogy in times of crisis: the case of COVID-19 pandemic

Ahmed, V; Opoku, A; (2021) Technology supported learning and pedagogy in times of crisis: the case of COVID-19 pandemic. Education and Information Technologies 10.1007/s10639-021-10706-w. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Online teaching within disciplines such as Engineering require experiential learning that equip future graduates with highly intellectual and professional skills to meet the demands of employers and the industry. The outbreak of COVID-19 however, has shifted the academic community into new landscapes that require educators and students to adapt and manage their expectations. Although literature reports on research attempts to study the implications of Covid-19 on the Higher Education curricular, little has been reported on its impact on Engineering Education. This paper therefore uses the theory of Emergency Management Life Cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recover) as a lens to examine the challenges faced by students and academics and coping mechanism during the COVID period. This study adopts a mixed method approach using a case study from the College of Engineering at a Higher Education Institution in the UAE due to the sudden migration to online teaching amid COVID-19. Data is collected through interviews and surveys with both students and instructors on challenges, strategies and online delivery good practices that enhanced students’ learning experience. The results show that, Technology Supported Learning tools are capable of enhancing students’ experiential learning and associated competencies, however there were a number of pedagogical, technological and psychological challenges that faced students and instructors as a result of the sudden migration online, which are likely to play a role in the impediment of the students’ learning cycle, due to the lack of preparedness in response to the state of emergency created by Covid-19. Despite these challenges, the study found that instructors with effective communication skills and teaching style, competent use of technology, flexible, friendly and supportive attitude towards teaching, played a positive role in mitigating for the lack of preparedness in response to sudden migration online. The study also reveals that by overcoming some of the technical challenges such as slow internet connection and interruptions, lessons learnt from the sudden migration to online delivery amid COVID-19, will help create new opportunities for the use of blended learning approaches to meet the needs of the on-going COVID and future online deliveries.

Type: Article
Title: Technology supported learning and pedagogy in times of crisis: the case of COVID-19 pandemic
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10639-021-10706-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-021-10706-w
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. © 2021 Springer Nature Switzerland AG (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Engineering education, Covide-19 pandemic, Online teaching & learning, Emergency response
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133861
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