Mitigating the Digital Divide in Online Education during COVID-19: Implications for Practice and Lessons for the Future
Author(s): Aadil Salim Al Khanbashi
This paper investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education at a higher education institution (HEI). The study sample consisted of 76 teachers from an HEI in Oman. Qualitative research was used to conduct this study; document analysis was deployed to gather information from participants. The article shed light on the impact of the digital divide on learners and educators alike. Results showed that there are variations in access to devices and networks among different stakeholders. Another finding indicated by this paper was the Challenges with the technical know-how. Based on the findings, recommendations were made in an attempt to mitigate the digital divide and its negative impact on online learning in HEIs in Oman.