Moving learning online and the COVID-19 pandemic: a university response

  • Aleksandra Webb, Ronald William McQuaid, C. William R. Webster
  • World Journal of Science Technology and Sustainable Development, March 2021, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/wjstsd-11-2020-0090

E-Learning rises dramatically in universities during the pandemic - some issues

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What is it about?

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the introduction of online teaching and has embedded digital ways of working in universities and other higher education institutions. These need to reach the full range of current and potential students, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with limited digital skills or access. Better understanding is also needed of the challenges and unintended consequences of digital learning and working, including the need for informed consent and other privacy and data protection issues. While general in focus, this paper specifically considers a case-study university in the UK.

Why is it important?

Universities across the globe have made substantial shifts towards E-Learning during the COVID pandemic. This paper discusses some lessons learned and the need to look out for some unintended consequences of the move.

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