Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021                    Pp.190 -201

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Remote Learning: Fostering  Learning of  21st Century Skills through Digital
Learning  Tools

Shifan Thaha Abdullateef
Department of English Language and Literature
College of Sciences and Humanities
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Alkharj, Riyadh

Received:  6/1/2021                Accepted:  7/19/2021             Published: 7/26/2021  

Abstract :           

The shift from in-person to remote learning has have led to crisis management. Teachers find it more challenging as content designing and presentation have to undergo drastic change. Though many face-to-face methodologies could be adapted in the online context, Yet, “one size fits all approach” cannot be standardized in remote learning setups. The critical challenge in this ‘new era’ is to make the learners motivated, productive, and responsible. The study aims to find the impact of four digital tools: Discussion Forums, Kahoot, Padlet, and   FlipGrid in fostering 21st-century skills and identify the existing gaps between Remote Learning and instructional activities in the EFL context. The study adopts a quantitative approach. First, it tries to examine the utilization of the digital learning tools under Blackboard by the faculty at the Department of English at Prince Sattam University and find out the impact of digital tools in fostering 21st-century skills on the undergraduate students pursuing level six. From the results of the study, it is evident that digital learning tools empower learners. The study recommends significant changes in the pedagogies. Finally, the study suggests rubrics be taken into consideration while choosing digital tools to foster 21 st century skills.
Keywords:  digital learning tools, EFL, FlipGrid,  Kahoot,  Padlet, 21st-century skills

Cite as: Abdullateef, S. T. (2021). Remote Learning: Fostering  Learning of  21st Century Skills through Digital Learning  Tools.
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (7)190 -201.


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Received: 6/1/2021
Accepted: 7/19/2021  
Published: 7/26/2021   

Dr. Shifan Thaha Abdullateef is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of English, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Alkharj, Saudi Arabia. She holds rich experience in diverse educational setups. Her research interests include EFL, Methods of teaching, Curriculum Designing, and CALL. ORCID ID- 0000-0002-2321-4904