From Face-to-Face to Blended Learning: Teaching and Learning during COVID-19 in Taiwan
Abstract: In Taiwan, the advent of COVID-19 pandemic has caused the delay of class opening, while drastically affecting the mode of instructions from the previous face-to-face to either blended learning or fully online. In light of this issue, the current paper shall summarize the experiences of teaching five different university courses (3 elective courses for the morning sessions and 2 required courses for the evening sessions) in times of pandemic, while also focusing on the students’ reactions towards the shifting from the traditional face-to-face instruction to blended learning. Semi-structured interview with the students are accomplished before the end of the semester, at the same time course satisfaction survey were also administered. Data analyses results show that in general students rated the course satisfactions as 4.25 (within a 5 point scale); denoting high satisfaction. Furthermore, on average 83% of the students claimed that they have actively participated with the course activities, while 78% listens attentively. Sadly, only 59% accomplished their assigned tasks on time, while 49% comes on time and 37% comes to class prepared. These issues were further clarified during the semi-structured interviews. In addition, besides the positive views on the guided questions activities, various confusing issues were also noted, such as: grade computation and scheduling. Lastly, as the uncertainty of the pandemic still exists, teachers should best prepare for the unexpected.
Presider: Cecil R. Short, Texas Tech University