Emergency elearning during a pandemic: Tales of a forced transition

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Abstract

This paper explores the impact on faculty and students of the forced transition to eLearning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A review of the literature on eLearning modalities and the issues involved in transitioning from face-to-face instruction is followed by a series of reports on the experiences of 10 faculty in making the change from traditional instruction to various modalities of eLearning. The methodology employed is an adaptation of the grounded theory approach used in sociology. The results indicate that the primary advantages to the transition to eLearning were the flexibility afforded both faculty and students and the ability to continue delivering quality instruction during the pandemic. The primary negatives were the difficulty in engaging students in the new delivery modalities and the significant challenges involved in proctoring exams. Prior experience with online and blended learning on the part of the faculty and students made the transition smoother.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Conference e-Learning, EL 2021 - Held at the 15th Multi-Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2021
PublisherIADIS
Pages15-22
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789898704290
StatePublished - 2021
Event15th International Conference e-Learning, EL 2021 - Held at the 15th Multi-Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jul 20 2021Jul 23 2021

Publication series

Name15th International Conference e-Learning, EL 2021 - Held at the 15th Multi-Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2021

Conference

Conference15th International Conference e-Learning, EL 2021 - Held at the 15th Multi-Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period07/20/2107/23/21

Keywords

  • Emergency eLearning
  • Engagement
  • Flexibility
  • Online Education
  • Proctoring

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