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Digital resilience in higher education in response to COVID-19 pandemic: student perceptions from Asia and Australia


Eri, R and Gudimetla, P and Star, S and Rowlands, J and Girgla, A, Digital resilience in higher education in response to COVID-19 pandemic: student perceptions from Asia and Australia, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 18, (5) Article 7. ISSN 1449-9789 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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COVID-19 has transformed higher education learning and teaching practices globally. Tertiary students, internationally face both opportunities and challenges in learning and adapting to this paradigm shift in the delivery of education. It remains unclear how students in international contexts are responding to these changes in digital learning during and post-COVID-19. This paper aims to compare student perceptions of digital competence, confidence, and resilience in present times using data from surveys of tertiary students from Australia, Cambodia, China, India, and Malaysia. There are disparities not only in the teaching and learning pedagogies amongst these countries but also in the levels of technological advancement, infrastructure support, and pace of digital innovation in the delivery of courses. These differences have put in focus studentsí both digital competencies and resilience as they pursue higher education on various digital learning platforms. Resilience includes the ability to bounce back or adapt from stress (Smith et al., 2008) Digital resilience is studentsí tech-savviness and preparedness to adapt to different digital environments as they pursue higher education. This paper examines the perceptions of tertiary undergraduate students from these countries in this emerging new digital learning norm-. A total of 687 tertiary students from the aforementioned countries participated in a survey to questions related to digital competence, confidence in using and/or adapting to digital innovation, and resilience. Statistically significant attributes are identified to help better understand the challenges these culturally diverse students perceive in digital learning environments. This study will reveal barriers that impact the digital transformation of undergraduate students which can be used to recommend necessary teaching and learning support frameworks to enhance their digital competence and resilience. This will help tertiary institutions better equip all stakeholders in adapting to the new normal of higher education in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:digital competencies, digital resilience, digital technology, COVID-19
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Eri, R (Associate Professor Raj Eri)
UTAS Author:Rowlands, J (Mr Josh Rowlands)
UTAS Author:Girgla, A (Ms Anit Girgla)
ID Code:146224
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-08-25
Last Modified:2022-08-23

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