Examining Technology and Teaching Gaps in Russian Universities Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The current study facilitates an evidence-based discussion on teaching during the period of an abrupt shift to virtual classrooms caused by coronavirus spread. There has been a massive investment to bring technology to universities; however, there are some significant gaps that must be addressed. The first is the availability of university online platforms and the second is the digitalization of the curriculum combined with teachers’ confusion and anxiety around the ability to adjust to the new digital environment. The study is aimed to research the current situation at two Russian universities: RUDN (People’s Friendship University of Russia) and PNRPU (Perm National Research Polytechnic University) and describe what changes have been implemented into teaching by the university administration and professors. The research questions include two groups: 1) Learning management system (LMS): Did the university offer a teaching platform to be used by all teachers? Or was it an individual choice of every teacher? 2) Curriculum: Did teachers have to modify the content of their course? In what way? Our study contributes several meaningful findings regarding understanding the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges in changing the education landscape.

Authors
Osipovskaya E. 1 , Dmitrieva S.2 , Grinshkun V. 3
Language
English
Pages
764-774
Status
Published
Volume
1328 AISC
Year
2021
Organizations
  • 1 Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)
  • 2 Perm National Research Polytechnic University
  • 3 Moscow City University
Keywords
coronavirus; curriculum; learning management system; massive open online course
Date of creation
16.12.2021
Date of change
16.12.2021
Short link
https://repository.rudn.ru/en/records/article/record/81462/
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