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Online education and the COVID-19 outbreak: A case study of online teaching during lockdown

Peimani, Nastaran ORCID: and Kamalipour, Hesam ORCID: 2021. Online education and the COVID-19 outbreak: A case study of online teaching during lockdown. Education Sciences 11 (2) , 72. 10.3390/educsci11020072

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The COVID-19 pandemic has become a critical challenge for the higher education sector. Exploring the capacity of this sector to adapt in the state of uncertainty has become more significant than ever. In this paper, we critically reflect on our experience of teaching urban design research methods online during the early COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. This is an exploratory case study with a qualitative approach with an aim to inform resilient practices of teaching in the face of public health emergencies. Drawing on the experience of teaching the Research Methods and Techniques subject during lockdown, we discuss the rapid transition from face-to-face to online teaching and point to the challenges and opportunities in relation to the learning and teaching activities, assessment and feedback, and digital platforms. This paper concludes by outlining some key considerations to inform the development of more adaptive and resilient approaches to online teaching in the context of unprecedented global health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. We argue that it is critical to move beyond fixed pedagogical frameworks to harness the productive capacities of adaptive teaching.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Additional Information: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( /by/4.0/).
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2227-7102
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 February 2021
Date of Acceptance: 6 February 2021
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 20:55

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