University Instructors’ Perceptions toward Online Teaching at the Onset of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Lebanon: A Descriptive Study

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Amal Farhat
Nawal Farhat
Wassim Abou Yassine
Rasha Halat
Sami El Khatib

Abstract

Purpose: The study aims at understanding to what extent university instructors are ready for the sudden shift from face-to-face teaching to online teaching and how they perceive the usefulness and feasibility of this new modality of teaching.


Methodology/Approach/Design: Faculty members from the nine campuses of the largest private university in Lebanon were invited to participate in the completion of a survey, made available in English and Arabic. The survey was completed by 692 respondents. Descriptive analyses were performed by summarizing the count and percentage of responses within each category.


Results: Analyses showed that university instructors possess the infrastructure for online teaching. Moreover, they reported positive perceptions about their readiness to teach online and about the feasibility and usefulness of online teaching. However, instructors reported that online teaching was deficient in assessment, teaching large classrooms, and delivering the practical components of the courses they taught.


Practical Implications: Findings suggest that instructors require formal training on how to integrate pedagogy with technology.


Originality/Value: Since online instruction is new in Lebanon, the study findings can help universities and other educational institutions direct their efforts in their endeavor to improve their online experience.

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Farhat, A., Farhat, N., Abou Yassine, W., Halat, R., & El Khatib, S. . (2021). University Instructors’ Perceptions toward Online Teaching at the Onset of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Lebanon: A Descriptive Study. Middle Eastern Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, 2(2), 37-57. https://doi.org/10.47631/mejress.v2i2.243
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