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Emergency remote teaching or andragogical innovation? Higher education in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic


Tan, S and Rudolph, J and Crawford, J and Butler-Henderson, K, Emergency remote teaching or andragogical innovation? Higher education in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 5, (1) pp. 64-80. ISSN 2591-801X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.37074/jalt.2022.5.s1.8


Singapore higher education's intraperiod response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was unique compared to other countries, being praised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its early response. Like many other countries, alarming growth in cases appeared, and careful strategies for the continuation of learning were implemented. This paper provides a critical case study and reflection-in-action (Green et al., 2020) of the Singaporean intraperiod response, exploring individual responses from a sample of six autonomous universities, two international universities with campuses in Singapore, and four Private Education Institutions. Through a defined qualitative content analysis of university documentation, scant academic literature, and government and media sources, an understanding of the pandemic response in Singapore was possible. We chose to ensure full coverage of the city-state to enable a comprehensive country analysis in contrast to the growing volume of single-institution pandemic and emergency remote teaching case studies applying a sociotechnical theoretical framework to guide an analysis between educational technology systems and the people using it to teach, work, and learn. This study identified that while tasks and technology were presented with depth, the social elements - people and systems - were often lacking accurate description. We discuss how this technical focus has practical and research implications, and how future research and university teaching and learning practice can better respond to future challenges through reflection of the sociotechnical perspective.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19, autonomous universities, coronavirus, higher education, international branch campuses, pandemic, private education Institutions (PEIs), public universities, Singapore
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Crawford, J (Dr Joseph Crawford)
ID Code:149698
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office Academic Executive Director
Deposited On:2022-04-07
Last Modified:2022-05-06

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