Remote learning in a changed world: Research across borders and time zones

Year: 2021

Author: Jhagroo, Jyoti

Type of paper: Symposium

In 2020, the Covid 19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill. Travel had ceased, socialise distancing became a norm, teaching and learning was reimagined and places of work had changed. Many of these changes remain in place 18 months later as new strains of the virus continue to spread across the world. The world has been forced to adapt to an online platform of connectivity.  Research too, has been keeping pace and four mathematics education researchers created a space online to research the experiences of mathematics teacher educators and preservice students with emergency or remote online learning delivery mode.  Covid 19 pandemic has steered us as researchers into rethinking research collaborations through zoom meetings an instant connectivity, when the time zones permit.  This autoethnographic presentation provides the frame within which this study emerged through the reflections of the four researchers on their research journey. The presentation begins with an introduction to each researcher and discusses how each came to be part of the research team. It then goes on to offer understandings of the collaborative research journey on an online platform from the conception of the research to development of the research topic, literature review, the research approach, and designing the data collection tools, and data analysis.  In addition, the research team responsibilities formed a significant part in moving the research and each researcher reflects on their role and the significance of this to the research. Each reflection explicitly provides the background to each of the four institutions and the specific changes to teaching and learning that occurred in response to the global pandemic. This background provides a backdrop to unveil the emergency online learning experiences of the pre-service teachers.