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Looking in the Post-Covid Crystal Ball: Utopian and Dystopian Possibilities for Dubai Private Schools Offering Synchronous Blended Learning
|dc.title||Looking in the Post-Covid Crystal Ball: Utopian and Dystopian Possibilities for Dubai Private Schools Offering Synchronous Blended Learning|
|dcterms.abstract||The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented change and rapid adaptation within the education sector. Like many other countries, schools in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have had to respond to this rapid change with very little time or preparation. This paper focuses on the situation in private schools located in Dubai, UAE as they move forward from the initial pivot to emergency online learning towards new variants of blended and hybrid learning. Using a collaborative speculative fiction framework to describe two contrasting scenarios, characterized as dystopian and utopian, the authors consider these possible futures from the perspective of wellbeing, assessment, curriculum, educator qualities and pedagogy. While recognizing the opportunities that the increasing use of educational technology provides, the authors also caution with regard to the increasing normalization of surveillance and trust embodied in algorithmic technologies. The use of speculative fiction futures allows the exploration of these contrasting possibilities. The authors argue that the experience and feedback of teachers and students should not be neglected as education further adapts to the new educational realities.|
|dcterms.rights||Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States|
|dc.contributor.affiliation||Dawson Charlotte - Tampere University of Applied Sciences|
|dc.contributor.affiliation||Keating, David - Tampere University of Applied Sciences|
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TCC 2021 Proceedings|
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