Academic Degrowth During Pandemic of COVID-19: Measuring the Digital Space to New Normalcy in Universities of South Punjab, Pakistan
During the Pandemic of COVID-19, the whole world has to go under national lockdown/s time and again. Along other challenges, the academic activities suffered a lot. Academic institutions had to adopt technology for academic process (online teaching). The adoption of technology in advance countries to some extent was easier. But for the third world countries like Pakistan, it proved a challenge and academic degrowth was observed. The present survey is designed to measure the “Digital Space to New Academic Normalcy in Universities of South Punjab, Pakistan. The responses were measured from 470 students of BS, Master and M. Phil studying at the public and private sector universities of the South Punjab of Pakistan through Google forms questionnaire. The findings of the study reveal that during the Pandemic of COVID-19 the universities adopted online teaching with limited digital resources. Even after the lapse of more than one year universities could not significantly prepare themselves for incorporating digital resources for academic process and assessment. 67% universities are still continuing their academic process without the learning management system. Universities are conducting academic activities via Whatsapp which is informal medium. In the light of the collected data, we are able to conclude that there is dire need for the up gradation of digital devices in the academic institutions for moving to new academic normalcy in the wake of Pandemic of COVID-19.
Key Words: Digital Space, COVID-19 and Academic Normalcy, Academic degrowth. Third World Countries, Pakistan
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