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Models for Administration to Ensure the Successful Transition to Distance Learning during the Pandemic

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Faculty of Informatics, Kaunas University of Technology, 44249 Kaunas, Lithuania
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E-Learning Center, Politehnica University Timișoara, 300006 Timișoara, Romania
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Academic Editors: Marc A. Rosen and Despo Ktoridou
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4751; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094751
Received: 30 January 2021 / Revised: 20 April 2021 / Accepted: 22 April 2021 / Published: 23 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology and Innovation Management in Education)
Lack of guidelines for implementing distance learning, lack of infrastructure, lack of competencies, and security-related problems were the challenges met during the pandemic. These challenges firstly fall on the administration of a higher education institution. To assist in solving the challenges of the pandemic for the administration of a higher education institution, the paper presents several models for the organization of the processes of distance learning. These models are as follows: a conceptual model of distance learning, a model of strategic planning of distance learning, a model of the assessment before the start of distance learning, a model of the preparation for distance learning, and a model of the process of distance learning and remote work. Student profile, lecturer profile, organizational environment, assessment, and planning of the infrastructure of information and communication technology (ICT), assessment and planning of the virtual learning environment, and assessment of distance learning competencies of participants of the study process are also considered. The developed models are based on five main processes of instructional design, i.e., analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. The models provide guidelines for the administration of higher education institutions on the preparation and delivery of distance learning during the pandemic. The models were validated by 10 experts from different higher education institutions. The feasibility of the data collection instrument was determined by Cronbach’s alpha coefficient that is above 0.9. View Full-Text
Keywords: distance learning; instructional design; model; pandemic; cybersecurity distance learning; instructional design; model; pandemic; cybersecurity
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Jusas, V.; Butkiene, R.; Venčkauskas, A.; Burbaite, R.; Gudoniene, D.; Grigaliūnas, Š.; Andone, D. Models for Administration to Ensure the Successful Transition to Distance Learning during the Pandemic. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4751. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094751

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Jusas V, Butkiene R, Venčkauskas A, Burbaite R, Gudoniene D, Grigaliūnas Š, Andone D. Models for Administration to Ensure the Successful Transition to Distance Learning during the Pandemic. Sustainability. 2021; 13(9):4751. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094751

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Jusas, Vacius, Rita Butkiene, Algimantas Venčkauskas, Renata Burbaite, Daina Gudoniene, Šarūnas Grigaliūnas, and Diana Andone. 2021. "Models for Administration to Ensure the Successful Transition to Distance Learning during the Pandemic" Sustainability 13, no. 9: 4751. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094751

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