Unveiling Resilience: Navigating the Pandemic and Redefining Higher Education

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Ahmed Nawaz Hakro, PhD – Professor of Economics, Middle East College, Sultanate of Oman
Kiran Gopakumar Rajalekshmi, PhD – Dean, Middle East College, Sultanate of Oman

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU041000; EDU029000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/QYSG7743

“I highly endorse this timely and unique publication.  While much of the analyses of continuity in education during the COVID-19 pandemic focuses on the different ways in which digitalisation has ushered in new ways of working and organising, this book is original in many ways.  First, it provides a holistic understanding of higher education by considering contributions across a diversity of educational settings including classroom delivery, research, student well-being and administration among others.  Second, it focuses on a so far under-researched geographical area of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, specifically based on experience from the Sultanate of Oman.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it places emphasis on how pandemic response is socially-constructed and that to be resilient over time it has to align with historically formed institutional norms and local practices.   The in-depth analysis provided in this book will be of immense value for researchers undertaking comparative studies in different country and regional contexts. The in-depth insights obtained in this book suggest the need to improve networks between academic institutions and government agencies for improved learning about the crisis which can feed into policy. ” – Dr. Shirin Madon, Associate Professor of ICTs and Socioeconomic Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom


Unveiling Resilience: Navigating the Pandemic and Redefining Higher Education shares the academic practices that were adopted in national and international higher education institutions during the pandemic, and it presents the valuable lessons that were learned. The authors highlight interesting accounts of leadership and evaluate different synchronous and asynchronous methods of teaching and learning.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. Modified Flipped Learning Approach, 3-Dimensional Model and Hyflex-Based Model of Teaching and Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study from the Sultanate of Oman
G. R. Kiran¹, PhD, Dhivya Bino², MCA and Anupam Srivastav³, PhD
¹Dean, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
²Department of Computing and Electronic Engineering, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
³Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 2.
Reimagining Learning in the 21st Century: A Case Study on the HyFlex-Based Approach of Middle East College, Oman
G. R. Kiran¹, PhD, Dhivya Bino², MCA and Anupam Srivastav³, PhD
¹Dean, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
²Department of Computing and Electronic Engineering, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
³Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 3. Students Research and Research-Teaching Nexus in Pandemic Times: A Case Study of Middle East College, Sultanate of Oman
Al Bassam Nizar , PhD, Hakro Ahmed Nawaz,  PhD, and Mathew Priya,  PhD
Centre for Research and Consultancy, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 4. Addressing Faculty Perception of E-Learning Barriers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study of Middle East College
Al Harrasi Nasser¹, PhD, Salah El Din Mohamed², MSc, and Ncube Melisa³, MSc
¹Faculty of Business Studies, College of Economics and Business Administration, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
²Faculty of Business Management, Majan University College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
³Department of Management Studies, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 5. A Case Study of Higher Education Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Exploring the Teaching Practices, Challenges, and Recommendations
Jana Jašková
Najah Samiha, MA and Naidu Vikas Rao, PhD
Department of Computing and Electronic Engineering, Middle East College, Muscat, Oman

Chapter 6. Adapting to Crisis: Exploring Emergency Remote Teaching as a Solution for Evolving Teaching Methods during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Basim A. Khidhir, PhD
Middle East College. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 7. Student Satisfaction with E-Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Department of Civil Engineering, Middle East College, Oman
Hussin A. M. Yahia¹, PhD and Taleb Eissa², PhD
¹Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
²Department of Civil Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida, USA

Chapter 8. Effectiveness of Virtual Experiential Learning in Enhancing Students’ Learning Experience and Academic Performance during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Oman
Rollakanti Chiranjeevi Rahul, ME, Manchiryal Ram Kishore,  PhD, Poloju Kiran Kumar,  PhD, Joe Adams,  ME, and Prince Shalin,  ME
Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 9. Research Leadership in Pandemic Times: A Case Study from Sultanate of Oman
Hakro Ahmed Nawaz¹, PhD, G. R. Kiran², PhD, and Al Bassam Nizar³, PhD
¹Deans’ Office, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
²Dean, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
³Department of Computing and Electronics, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 10. The Success of Internationalization Strategies
Hakro Ahmed Nawaz¹, PhD, G. R. Kiran², PhD, and Mathew Priya³, PhD
¹Deans’ Office, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
²Dean, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
³Centre for Academic Writing, Middle East College, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 11. Innovation and Commercialization in Pandemic Times: A Case Study from the Sultanate of Oman
Asif Hussain Shaik¹, PhD and Ahmed Nawaz Hakro², PhD
¹Technology Transfer officer, Centre for Research and Consultancy, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
²Department of Management Sciences, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Chapter 12. Reframing the Impact: Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Wake of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe
Hilda Jaka¹, PhD and Reason Masengu², PhD
¹Department of Management Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
2Department of Management Studies, Middle East College, Muscat, Oman

Chapter 13. The Significance and Effectiveness of E-Library Resources and Their Impact on Students Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Al Mandhari Aidh Ali Mahfoodh¹, BA, Al Badi Muna Said Musabah², BA, Al Wahaibi Fahad Salim Hamed³, Dip, Shaik Mazhar Hussain⁴, PhD
¹,²,³Library and Learning Resources Centre, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
⁴Centre for Research and Consultancy, Middle East College, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

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