Distance Learning in the Time of Corona: A Study of University Professors Experiences in the UAE

Bilal Fayiz Obeidat, Maram S. Jaradat, Fawwaz Yassine Musallam


The purpose of this study is to explore faculty members’ readiness to cope in a distance learning and the challenges they face. The study was conducted at a private university in the United Arab Emirates and employed a focus group qualitative design. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews during 18 focus groups with university professor. Findings revealed that some staff were not ready to switch from conventional teaching in classes to distance learning, and revealed some obstacles they face to adjust to the new learning environment such as proper training, administrative barriers, and interaction between instructors and students. The study recommends conducting frequent training on using modern technology to improve the quality and efficiency of distance learning. The study provides techniques to improve faculty staff training and quality of teaching methods, which may provide more insights about necessary training instructors' needs and expectations to increase student’s engagement.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jct.v11n4p39


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