Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021                       Pp.251-265
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.18

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Adopting Remote Teaching in the Time of Covid-19:  Challenges and Opportunities

Reem Alshammari
Adjunct Faculty at the college of sciences and human studies
Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia
Email: reem.fuhaid.alshammari@gmail.com

 

Received:  4/9/2021                Accepted:  7/17/2021             Published: 7/26/2021

Abstract:
In the wake of the global pandemic – COVID-19, the transitioning of the ongoing education journey into Remote Learning poses challenges and evolving opportunities to thousands of instructors, educators, stakeholders, and learners. This unprecedented COVID-19 situation has mainly situated the teachers and learners into the uncomfortable position for not only having to continue teaching-learning online classes for the first time but also to do it without any notice or preparedness. Behind such backdrop, this paper attempts to explore the challenges and opportunities for adopting Remote Teaching in the time of COVID-19. To this end, this study devised a survey questionnaire for students of Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia, to have a ground reality of the situation and prospects of teaching-learning online. The collected data were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. The study result suggests that in response to the immediate impact of school closures, it is necessary to facilitate the continuity of education for all through remote learning mode, which is safe and suitable for the current world situation by ensuring the digital devices, internet infrastructure, the availability of the communication network to the peripheral users in rural interiors and teacher-students training for new survival digital skills. The study also reflected that the excellent benefits of learning technology and media apps help continue the wheel of education through impacting the learners’ motivation and immersion to learning. Moreover, this study will be contributing literature in shaping higher education in the post-Covid-19 pandemic era.
Keywords:  covid-19 pandemic, Digital skills, education disruption, online learning platform, virtual learning, challenges

Cite as:  Alshammari, R.  (2021). Adopting Remote Teaching in the Time of Covid-19:  Challenges and Opportunities
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (7). 251-265.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.18

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Koohang, A., Paliszkiewicz, J., Klein, D., & Nord, J. H. (2016). The importance of active learning elements in the design of online courses. Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management, 4(2), 17–28.

Kumar , S., Martin , F., Budhrani , K., & Ritzhaupt, A. (2019, December). Award-Winning Faculty Online Teaching Practices: Elements of Award-Winning Courses. Online Learning Journal, 23( 4), 160-180. doi:10.24059/olj.v23i4.2077

Liton, H. A. (2012). Developing EFL Teaching and Learning Practices in Saudi Colleges: a Review. International Journal of Instruction, 5(2), 129-152.

Marshall, Catherine; Rossman, Gretchen B. (2006). Designing Qualitative Research. London: Sage Publications Ltd. (Inc 1st pub. 1989).

McGee , P., Windes, D., & Torres, M. (2017). Experienced online instructors: Beliefs and preferred supports regarding online teaching. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 29(2), 331–352.

Nord North, C. (2020, August 04). A New Pedagogy is Emerging… and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor. Available at Contact North |Nord teachonline.ca: https://teachonline.ca/tools-trends/how-teach-online-student-success/new-pedagogy-emerging-and-online-learning-key-contributing-factor

Norman , S. (2016, March 10). 5 Advantages Of Online Learning: Education Without Leaving Home. Available at eLearning Industry: https://elearningindustry.com/5-advantages-of-online-learning-education-without-leaving-home

Report , D. (2020, April 6). Saudi education directorate launches remote teaching award. Available at https://www.arabnews.com/node/1653771/saudi-arabia

Schleicher, A. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on education – Insights from Education at a Glance 2020. Paris : OECD. Available at OECD.org: https://www.oecd.org/education/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-education-insights-education-at-a-glance-2020.pdf

Seetal, I., Gunness , S., & Teerooveng, V. (2021). Educational disruptions during the COVID-19 crisis in Small Island Developing States: Preparedness and efficacy of academics for online teaching. International Review of Education, 67, 185–217.  Available at :doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11159-021-09902-0

Shakya , T., Fasano , S., Marsh, M., & Rivas, A. (2020, March 20). For teachers and students, remote learning during COVID-19 poses challenges, stokes creativity. Available at : ABC News: https://abcnews.go.com/US/teachers-students-remote-learning-covid-19-poses-challenges/story?id=70770744

UNB . (2020, August 20). COVID-19 causes biggest disruption of education system in history. Available at UNB: https://unb.com.bd/category/World/covid-19-causes-biggest-disruption-of-education-system-in-history/55518

UNESCO. (2020a, April 21). Startling digital divides in distance learning emerge. Available at  UNESCO: https://en.unesco.org/news/startling-digital-divides-distance-learning-emerge

UNESCO. (2020-C, April 25). Education: From disruption to recovery. Available at  UNESCO.org: https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse

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Warwick, L. (2020). Handy Guide to Teaching Online. Spain and Portugal Pearson.

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Reem Alshammari is an adjunct Lecturer at the college of sciences and human studies, at Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia. She is interested to have  a higher degree in English language and doing related research works. Her ORCid ID is https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1502-6778