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The Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Social Impact on Education: Were Engineering Teachers Ready to Teach Online?
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 02 22; 18(4)IJ

Abstract

The major impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are still affecting all social dimensions. Its specific impact on education is extensive and quite evident in the adaptation from Face-to-Face (F2F) teaching to online methodologies throughout the first wave of the pandemic and the strict rules on lockdown. As lesson formats changed radically, the relevance of evaluating student on-line learning processes in university degrees throughout this period became clear. For this purpose, the perceptions of engineering students towards five specific course units forming part of engineering degree courses at the University of Burgos, Spain, were evaluated to assess the quality of the online teaching they received. Comparisons were also drawn with their perceptions of the F2F teaching of the course units prior to the outbreak of the pandemic. According to the students' perceptions, the teachers possessed the technical knowledge, the social skills, and the personal capabilities (empathy and understanding of the at times troubled situation of each student) for a very abrupt adaptation of their courses to an online methodology. The shortcomings of the online teaching were related to its particularities and each teacher's personality traits. Overall, engineering teachers appeared well prepared for a situation of these characteristics and, if similar online teaching scenarios were ever repeated, the quality of engineering teaching appears to be guaranteed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Burgos, 09001 Burgos, Spain.Department of Construction, University of Burgos, 09001 Burgos, Spain.Department of Organizational Engineering, University of Burgos, 09001 Burgos, Spain.Department of Civil Engineering, University of Burgos, 09001 Burgos, Spain.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33671636

Citation

Revilla-Cuesta, Víctor, et al. "The Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Social Impact On Education: Were Engineering Teachers Ready to Teach Online?" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 4, 2021.
Revilla-Cuesta V, Skaf M, Varona JM, et al. The Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Social Impact on Education: Were Engineering Teachers Ready to Teach Online? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(4).
Revilla-Cuesta, V., Skaf, M., Varona, J. M., & Ortega-López, V. (2021). The Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Social Impact on Education: Were Engineering Teachers Ready to Teach Online? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042127
Revilla-Cuesta V, et al. The Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Social Impact On Education: Were Engineering Teachers Ready to Teach Online. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 02 22;18(4) PubMed PMID: 33671636.
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