1. bookVolume 7 (2020): Issue 1 (December 2020)
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Sustaining a prolonged pivot: Appraising challenges facing higher education stakeholders in switching to online learning

Published Online: 31 Dec 2020
Volume & Issue: Volume 7 (2020) - Issue 1 (December 2020)
Page range: 1 - 9
Received: 12 Aug 2020
Accepted: 30 Sep 2020
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2353-5415
First Published
29 Sep 2014
Publication timeframe
1 time per year
Languages
English
Abstract

An Irish Government directive to close colleges amid the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a switch to emergency remote teaching. Many lecturers unused to practicing online began teaching students who were unfamiliar with online learning. Completion of the semester does not necessarily indicate that it is practicable for a more extended period. This paper queries four aspects of the sustainability of emergency remote teaching: its acceptance by stakeholders; its impact upon student motivation and faculty workload; and its effect upon learning outputs. Questionnaires administered to undergraduate design students and faculty captured their respective experiences of emergency remote teaching. Acceptance of an extended pivot to online learning is not guaranteed, but will surely form a central facet of academic continuity. Increased working hours associated with online teaching endangers the work-life balance of lecturers, yet the same staff must find ways to support student motivation. Faculty’s reduced expectations of student output places strain upon the sustainability of online education founded upon an unplanned pivot. The experience of emergency remote teaching has created an opportunity for all parties to leverage the affordances of online learning – the challenge will be to ensure that all aspects of any extended switch to online are sustainable.

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