Gulf Higher Education Reforms vis-à-vis the Pandemic: Conclusion

Authors: Segumpan, R.G. and McAlaney, J.

Pages: 209-211

ISBN: 9781032588223

DOI: 10.4324/9781003457299-17


Higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Gulf need to grapple with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the strategic options is to institute reforms that (re)build strengths and fortify weaknesses of HEIs from macro and micro perspectives. In An Empirical Analysis of Oman's Public and Private HEI Students’ Behavioural Intention (BI) in Using E-learning during COVID-19, the authors explored the potentials of e-learning in shaping learners’ behaviours in the teaching-learning processes. Using the Technology Acceptance Model, the authors unpacked the importance of creating a conducive atmosphere for e-learning as well as the critical roles of perceived usefulness, self-efficacy, perceived ease of use, environment readiness, and behavioural intention. Without a doubt, the landscape of higher education (HE) in the global scenario has been altered by COVID-19 and although e-learning has been in place prior to the pandemic, HEIs need to catalyse their e-learning initiatives, policies, and programmes in order to prepare the academic community for any similar waves of disruption in HE in the future.

Source: Scopus