Transformations in Higher Educational Institutions: A Review of the Post-COVID-19 Era
Oluwayemi IbukunOluwa Odularu
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
Mandisa Eunice Puzi
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
Kholekile H. Ngqila
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
Tolulope Ayodeji Olatoye
Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus, South Africa
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Keywords

digital education
higher education
teaching
learning
Post-COVID-19 era

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Odularu, O., Puzi, M., Ngqila, K., & Olatoye, T. (2022). Transformations in Higher Educational Institutions: A Review of the Post-COVID-19 Era. Journal of Culture and Values in Education, 5(1), 183-194. https://doi.org/10.46303/jcve.2022.13

Abstract

The COVID-19 epidemic was initially experienced in China, in a city called Wuhan (December 2019), and Europe, the USA and Australia were not left behind. South Africa was the worst-hit country, with a total of 88,914 deaths recorded on October 24, 2021, and like many other countries of the world, it suffered the loss of human lives and livelihoods. In 2021, almost 65,000 South Africans had been lost to the pandemic. This pandemic has destabilised systems and processes that define human existence, thereby wreaking havoc on many facets of human life, with education being predominantly affected. COVID-19 has fostered global readjustments in education with the advent of online teaching or, as referred to in some studies, emergency online education. This paper examined many of the challenges faced by students and lecturers, including adaptation problems among lecturers and students, internet connectivity issues, an unconducive teaching and learning workspace, and associated health risks. This study also reviewed positive developments that took place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the WiSeUp Moodle Training, academic discourse, and capacity development. In addition, it is suggested that researchers carry out further studies on the effects of COVID-19 with reference to teaching and learning. The paper concludes by reviewing the positive and negative teaching and learning outcomes of the transformations that Higher Educational Institutions underwent after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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