The Impacts and Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on E-Learning / Online Learning and Teaching: A Forward Looking Perspective
Paper submission due: 1 May 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education system worldwide, affecting over 94% of the world’s student population (UN, 2020). International organizations such as United Nations, UNESCO and OECD have published reports on and are monitoring the related educational statuses, policies, strategies and recovery plans with respect to the pandemic. On the one hand, the homeschooling and emergency remote teaching has affected all levels of educational systems and created challenges for multiple stakeholders, including children, students, families, teachers, administrators, and policy makers. On the other hand, the disruption caused by COVID-19 has also stimulated research and innovation in education sectors.
The impacts and implications of COVID-19 on education can be seen from macro-, meso-, and micro- levels. The macro-level includes factors such as institutional policies and strategies, funding and resources allocated to emergency remote education, and support and training to teachers and students. The meso-level includes factors such as teachers’ pedagogical approaches for remote education, adaption of curricula and assessment methods, and technology usage. The micro-level includes factors such as student needs, motivation, engagement, mental health, wellbeing, family situations, etc. Education in low-income and lower-middle-income countries and vulnerable groups including students with disabilities need special attention when researching the impacts of COVID-19.
To sharpen our understanding of the impacts and implications of COVID-19 pandemic and better prepare for education after COVID-19, we need more research, discussion, and collaborative efforts in the Asian-Pacific Computers in Education community and beyond. By identifying and understanding common and context-specific challenges, as well as collecting and sharing good practices in addressing challenges, we hope to provide insights into the impacts of COVID-19 from multiple perspectives across different education sectors and foster sustainable innovation for post-pandemic education.
This thematic series is targeted towards research that focuses on the impacts and implications of COVID-19 on teaching and learning from early-childhood, K-12 to higher education with a forward-looking perspective. We hope that more critical discourse will center on understanding the technological, pedagogical, and organizational challenges and solutions from different stakeholders and in different contexts. We would like to invite scholars from various disciplines and regions of the world to provide perspectives on the impacts and share good practices and innovative approaches to prepare for a post-pandemic world.
- Paper submission from authors: 1 May 2021
- Review completion by reviewers: 1 August 2021
- Paper revisions by authors for final publication: 1 October 2021
UN (2020). Policy Brief: Education during COVID-19 and beyond, United Nations. https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/08/sg_policy_brief_covid-19_and_education_august_2020.pdf