Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges January 2022        Pp.258-280

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Perceptions of University Faculty of Saudi Arabia towards Online Classes Conducted
During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Bala Swamy Chatta
Department of English, College of Sciences and Humanities
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author:

Mohammad Imdadul Haque
Department of Economics,
Aligarh Muslim University, India

 M. Madhu Sudhan Rao 
Communication Skills Division
Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation
Andhra Pradesh, India

Received: 11/21 /2021                     Accepted: 12/25/2021             Published:1/24/2022


The study aims to find out the perceptions of university faculty who taught the courses online during the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. The purpose is to highlight the issues of students and faculty involved in the new context of teaching and learning and prepare them to face the technical and academic challenges. A questionnaire is circulated among the faculty of universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The majority of the university faculty who taught the courses online from the middle of the semester are satisfied with their teaching. However, they prefer face-to-face instruction to online instruction. A few of them are in favor of blended learning. The faculty accepts technical and academic issues and issues related to the trust and the value of online instruction. The study is helpful for all the educational institutions, teachers, and students across the world to understand how to conduct online education during crises and calamities to eradicate the technical and academic problems present in the online mode of teaching, and to update and accept the changing trends and developments in the field of education. The article is original because it studies the perceptions of the regular university faculty who taught half of the course face-to-face and the other half online. The novelty lies in finding out how they participated in online teaching during the lockdown period of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Keywords:  Covid-19, online education, perceptions, Saudi students, strategies of instruction, teaching methods

 Cite as:   Chatta, B.S.,  Haque, M. I., & M.  Rao, M.M.S.(2022). Perceptions of University Faculty of Saudi Arabia towards Online Classes Conducted During the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (2) 258-280. DOI:


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Received: 11/21 /2021   
Accepted: 12/25/2021  
Published: 1/24/2022

Bala Swamy Chatta is a lecturer in the Department of English, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al Kharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has 17 years of experience in teaching English in various colleges and universities. He is an expert in English literature, teaching LSRW skills and Grammar. He has published around twelve research papers in various international journals in the areas of literature and ELT.    ORCID:

Dr. Md Imdadul Haque is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Aligarh Muslim University, India. Earlier he worked as Associate Professor at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has over fourteen years of teaching and research experience at the local and international levels. During this period, he has published more than fifty research papers in journals of international repute; and has presented over a dozen papers at national and international conferences. Recently he found research interest in the teaching and testing process.

Dr. Munagala Madhu Sudhan Rao has been working as Head & Associate Professor of English in Communication Skills Division, Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Vaddeswaram, AP, India. He has twenty-two years of national and international experience in teaching English at various disciplines. His doctoral thesis was on TOEFL iBT Reading Comprehension. He has thirteen research papers, and one book publication to his credit. His areas of interest are ELT, linguistics, applied linguistics, and ICT tools for language teaching.