Transition to Distance Learning: Student Experience and Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United Arab Emirates
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The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 prompted higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to switch to online learning for the safety of their citizens. The main purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between four indicators of digital learning experience and the intensity of student socio-pedagogical communication after the transition to distance learning. The data were collected from Ajman University, a private university in the UAE, during the spring of 2020. The sample consisted of 381 students who were surveyed using an online survey tool or email. First, this study found that the majority of students had access to digital tools and the Internet; however, a small number struggled with weak and unreliable Internet connection. Most students had a moderate to high ability to use digital technology, but some encountered difficulties and required assistance. Most students utilised digital communication tools for over five hours daily. The study also found a general lack of digital competency among students and difficulties in using digital tools for remote learning, highlighting the importance of investing in the development of digital skills. The study also found an intensification of social relationships and an increase in communication frequency between students and instructors; however, inadequate instructor–student communication remained a challenge. Finally, the multiple linear regression model showed that indicators such as the communication dimension of the lessons and the participatory nature of the courses positively impacted the intensity of student communication after the transition to distance learning.
Communication | Education
distance learning, online learning, university, higher education, students, digital, communication, United Arab Emirates, Ajman University, COVID-19, pandemic
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Abdellatif, Soumaya; Shomotova, Aizhan; Trabelsi, Safouane; Husain, Salwa; Alsalhi, Najeh; and Eltahir, Mohamed, "Transition to Distance Learning: Student Experience and Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United Arab Emirates" (2023). All Works. 5806.
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