Law and Management Studies Academics Co-Edit Research-Based Book
Discipline of Information Systems and Technology academics Dr Upasana Singh and Dr Craig Blewett have co-edited a new book, with Professor Sid Nair, from Australia, and an Honorary Professor in the School of MIG, and Dr Timothy Shea from the USA, titled: Academic Voices: A Conversation on New Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the post-COVID World.
The research-based book discusses scholarship involved in the creative adoption of technology to support online teaching, learning and assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The book provides critical information on the rapid introduction and emersion into digital technologies during the pandemic.
Its 39 chapters explore and feature case studies on the pedagogical readiness of academics, student mobility, student readiness to adopt online learning, the value of Higher Education and distance learning, and the changing role of administration and faculty trust in institutions.
Singh and Blewett also co-authored chapters with UKZN Law and Management Studies, and international colleagues.
Singh and Dr Violeta Holmes, from the UK, wrote a chapter together titled: Comparative Reflections on the Transition to Online Delivery in Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic, while Singh collaborated with Professor Shika Sharma, from India, to author a chapter titled: While Teaching Adaptability in Higher Education Institutions: A Case Study of a Private Indian University.
Blewett co-authored a chapter titled: Upping Our Game - Increasing Online Engagement through Gamified e-Learningwith Mr Ebrahim Adam and Ms Rosemary Quilling.
Other UKZN colleagues who contributed book chapters included Dr Dusty-Lee Donnelly with the section titled: Meet Lisa: The Robot who Stole your Job; and Ms Sue Price, Mr Rushil Raghavjee and Mrs Rosemary Quilling who together wrote the chapter:Disruptions and Delays: Lecturers’ Experiences of Moving an Information System’s Module Online.
The book, which highlights the academic voice in Higher Education institutions and presents an authentic message and mode for the new world post COVID-19, includes a futuristic section on academic predictions for Higher Education Institutions.