Thrown into the deep end: Experiences of real estate and urban planning students in navigating e-learning during COVID-19

Hamzah, Hasniyati and Nordin, Nikmatul Adha and Shamsul Harumain, Yong Adilah (2022) Thrown into the deep end: Experiences of real estate and urban planning students in navigating e-learning during COVID-19. Planning Malaysia, 20 (4). 316 – 327. ISSN 1675-6215, DOI

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Built environment undergraduates are future professionals who will shape cities in the future. Normally, they acquire adequate, relevant and current industry-related knowledge during their study. Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has replaced their normal learning process with emergency online learning that must be navigated by educators and students alike. Under normal circumstances, the programme syllabi and materials are designed for conventional face-to-face learning specific to the future profession. The physical and social restrictions related to COVID-19 prevention have thrusted upon the built environment students learning limitations that are specific to their field. This paper aims to explore the experiences of real estate and urban planning students during the emergency online learning period not only to document the students’ experiences but also to inform on future curricula development. A constructivist-based qualitative approach was adopted, with qualitative data collected from an online open-ended questionnaire on real estate and urban planning students. Using the framework by Khalil et al. (2020), a thematic content analysis was conducted around four core themes: (1) educational impact, (2) time management, (3) challenges encountered, and (4) preferences for the future. The findings support future syllabi that are emergency-resilient and can ensure professional education that is highly adaptable in emergency situations. © 2022 by MIP.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Additional Information: Cited by: 0; All Open Access, Hybrid Gold Open Access
Uncontrolled Keywords: Built environment; COVID-19; e-Learning; Emergency online learning; Emergency-resilient education; Online learning
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 04:21
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2023 01:32

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