Teaching the Privileged? Observations on the (UN) Inclusiveness of Online Education during Pandemic

Pakistan Journal of Distance And Online Learning

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Title Teaching the Privileged? Observations on the (UN) Inclusiveness of Online Education during Pandemic
Creator Ajaz, Nashia
Description Coronavirus pandemic has changed the existing norms of life all over the world. Among other areas of life, the pandemic has also hit the education sector, where recent statistics show that around 500 Million students worldwide were unable to access remote learning. In developing countries like Pakistan, which is amongst the top-twenty countries impacted by the pandemic, and where around 23 million children were already out of school, much of the progress made over the years has reversed. Drawing on 'Faucet Theory,' this paper questions the inclusiveness of online higher education and argues that the stories of successful shifting to online education seem to be unexclusive, representing only privileged students, while neglecting the under-privileged students. Exclusions faced by the under-privileged students, including those related to technological, financial, and social, have been highlighted through the present research, emerging from a close analysis of informal conversations with approximately 90 female students of undergraduate level in Pakistan. The study recommends further in-depth research unveiling the stories and implications for those left out in online education during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Keywords: Coronavirus; COVID-19; online education;
inclusion; privilege
Publisher Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad
Date 2021-09-16
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Identifier http://journal.aiou.edu.pk/journal1/index.php/PJDOL/article/view/1143
Source Pakistan Journal Of Distance And Online Learning; Vol 7, No 1 (2021)
Language eng
Relation http://journal.aiou.edu.pk/journal1/index.php/PJDOL/article/view/1143/157
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Pakistan Journal Of Distance And Online Learning

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