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International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences

Face to Face Versus Online Learning: Redefining the Teacher’s Role

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Online, Teaching, Learning, Virtual, Face- to--Face, Internet, Covid19
  • Tufue, Rasela
  • Mariota, Pule Taulauniu
  • Gauta, Fusi
  • Wright, Jackie Ah Hoy
  • Taua’anae, Faapopo
The COVID 19 pandemic has driven Samoa and many countries to implement state of emergency plans during lockdown. Unprecedented changes has occurred in many fabrics of the society including education. Within the education system exceptional changes are evident in the modes of teaching and learning where a push for use of online learning platform has become the norm. At the National University of Samoa (NUS) the use of Moodle in addition to other online-learning platforms to facilitate teaching and learning is exceedingly stressed. This study was aimed at finding out participants’ perception on the use of face to face versus online as a teaching and learning platform. This qualitative research used an open ended questionnaire to gather information from 40 teachers who were involved in the use of face to face and online platform to perform their studies within the National University of Samoa. Findings indicated that although online learning is beneficial in terms of flexibility, however there is more compulsion towards face to face as a leaning platform. This is due to the opportunity for pupil and teacher to interact in a more dynamic manner in the face to face as opposed to online learning. Interactions using online platforms is impeded by factors such as limited technological knowledge as well as internet connections. Findings indicated a great need to improve teachers’ and students’ technological knowledge as this seems to affect virtual classroom learning. Similarly, the challenge with internet connection seem to have seriously hindered online learning hence requires serious consideration.

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