Changing trends in remote teaching among instructors in higher education in the shadow of the coronavirus crisis

Dikla Barak, Merav Aizenberg, Gila Cohen Zilka

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Purpose: The purpose of the study is to examine whether the remote teaching experience of instructors in higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic has improved after one year. Design/methodology/approach: The study involved 75 instructors teaching at an institution of higher education in Israel, who answered twice (once in 2020 and again in 2021) a quantitative questionnaire that examined their remote teaching experience. Findings: The hypotheses about greater use of digital tools and about more positive attitudes of instructors toward remote teaching and learning at the second measurement than at the first one were confirmed. This hypothesis about lower levels of technical difficulties in remote teaching at the second measurement was not confirmed, but the level of reported difficulty was already low at the first measurement. Practical implications: It is recommended that academic institutions continue the trend of deploying innovation in teaching with confidence in the ability of instructors to adapt to change. At the same time, instructors should be provided with mental and technical support. Originality/value: Few studies have examined the change in attitudes of instructors toward remote teaching over time. In the present study, we used a repeated measures design, which made it possible to monitor the instructors’ adaptation to remote teaching. Adaptation to the new teaching method can contribute to innovation in teaching in academic institutions and to improvement in its quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-229
Number of pages15
JournalQuality Assurance in Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 28 Feb 2023

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  • COVID-19
  • Digital teaching tools
  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Instructors in academia
  • Quality assurance in education
  • Remote teaching
  • e-Readiness


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