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

Journal: Challenges and Reforms in Gulf Higher Education: Confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic and Assessing Future Implications

Pages: 1-4

DOI: 10.4324/9781003457299-1


The COVID-19 pandemic is often discussed in terms of the social changes it brought to the world. It could be argued that many of these changes were already underway, fuelled by the continual developments in technology. This is particularly the case with technologies that relate to how we communicate with one another, including how we share ideas and provide education. As has been the case throughout human history, however, new technologies are not always accepted when they first emerge. The COVID-19 pandemic created a situation where the use of many online platforms became a requirement rather than a choice, including within educational settings. In this case, necessity became not only the mother of all invention, but also the adoption of technologies that had already been invented.

Source: Scopus