Distance education as a response to pandemics: Coronavirus and Arab culture: Coronavirus and Arab culture

Abdulrahman Essa Al Lily, Abdelrahim Fathy Ismail, Fathi Mohammed Abunasser, Rafdan Hassan Alhajhoj Alqahtani

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Abstract

Some countries have replaced face-to-face education with distance education in response to the coronavirus. This form of distance education differs from conventional distance education: being suddenly, unreadily and forcefully implemented, invading schooling and constituting a globally discussed phenomenon. This article builds a conceptual framework for this education, addressing the question: What are the ramifications of implementing distance education amid coronavirus? It targets Arab culture, although globalisation and the media may have harmonised any substantial cross-cultural variations. Various ramifications have emerged through analysing social-media posts, online classes and interviews. Concerning social and cultural ramifications, some may, for ideological considerations, tolerate, support, reject or subvert this education through campaigning, rumour and humour. Regarding pedagogical and psychological ramifications, unreadiness and incompetence may compromise education. Additionally, staying home may entail problems (pandemic-related stress, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, divorce and pregnancy), preventing students and teachers from learning and teaching. Concerning procedural and logistical ramifications, some Arab contexts may be digitally readier than non-Arab contexts. Additionally, stakeholders may intensify efforts to profit, ethically or unethically, from the over-demand for this education. Distance education is one of several social distancing initiatives, which Arabs have welcomed despite their well-rooted social closeness, bonding to debond, forming unorthodox ‘distanceship’.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Article number101317
Pages (from-to)101317
Number of pages1
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume63
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Crisis
  • Disaster
  • Distance learning
  • Emergency
  • Social distancing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science

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