The impact of Covid19 on learning eco-system

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
The present study aimed at understanding the impact of Covid19 on the learning eco-system in U.A.E schools from the perspective of teachers. The study primarily focused on two key aspects which included teacher’s response to the perceived change in the operational conditions due to the Covid19 and sudden closure of the schools as well as the perception of teachers about the use of digital technologies to enhance learning of students in the virtual classrooms. The study opted for interpretivism paradigm following which interviews with a total of 16 teachers from 3 selected schools of UAE were conducted. Results of the study highlighted that Covid19 impacted the entire learning system. From a positive perspective, it fostered the needs of using a blended learning approach while ensuring the use of technological tools and interventions. On the other hand, the high cost associated with the use of technology, adherence of teachers and students to adapt to the sudden changes, lack of physical interaction between students and teachers as well as lack of effective assessment tools as key challenging aspects. It was also ascertained that although remote learning fostered independent learning; however, the gap between high achievers and low achievers was also increased causing concerns for the teachers. Based on the findings of the study, it is suggested for the educational regulatory authorities of the UAE to inculcate technology-based learning model as a part of regular teaching and learning medium. Furthermore, it is important to organize effective teacher’s training programs in order to keep them updated about the latest educational interventions.
COVID-19, learning eco-system, learning, school system, assessment, United Arab Emirates (UAE), blended learning, teaching and learning, technology-based learning, virtual classrooms, digital technologies