3rd International E-Conference on Engineering, Technology and Management - ICETM 2020
Author(s) : Abayomi Oluwaseyi Ikumoro, Samuel Adeyinka-Ojo
Introduction: The aim of this paper is to share the first author's online teaching experiences during COVID- 19 pandemic. This paper was written in the first person that is, the first author as he positioned himself within the case studies. I was engaged with students's cohorts using the software's Blackboard Collaborate Ultra live during semester 1, 2020 for (UG) and Trimester 2, 2020 for (PG) at the offshore campus of an Australia University in Malaysia. This paper is a reflective account of the (first author and students) in four undergraduate (UG) and one postgraduate (PG) teaching units during pandemic era. Methods: This reflective work on digital learning and teaching adopted a combination of extant literature, online resources, and personal experiences to demonstrate and reflect on engagement with UG and PG students to achieve specific learning outcomes. For this study five teaching units were involved and subsequently categorised into case studies to provide commentary and shared experiences on learning and teaching during COVID-19 pandemic era. Results: This paper presents a context, reflection, and case studies on the possible impact of adoption of digital learning and teaching platform. Active learning is found to be good teaching practice in an online learning environment. Based on the current COVID-19 pandemic unabated in major international higher education hubs; it appears online delivery of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and assessment will continue to be administered. Implications: This paper provides insights into the need to adopt and accelerate digital technology tools in learning and teaching environment. From the case studies, studentsâ€˜ attendance and participation increased during COVID-19 pandemic compared to face-to-face classroom session due to convenience and accessibility to internet and digital devices. Importantly, 100 per cent student pass rate was achieved in all the five teaching units. Originality/value: The reflective account presented in this paper indicates resilient in engaging digital technology in learning and teaching, increased student engagement and participation in achieving learning outcomes during COVID-19 global pandemic era with specific reference to the five teaching units sampled in this paper. In the â€—new normalâ€˜ generation, it is envisaged that digital learning and teaching platform will continue to be adopted in global educational institutions in post COVID-19.