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This study identifies significant challenges that academicians working in higher education experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, as physical classrooms transformed into virtual ones. The study includes evidence from the experiences of higher education academicians from three countries: namely, India, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates. The study adopts a quantitative research method to analyse the challenges that impacted the ease of coping with pedagogical delivery and the significant differences across the three countries. The study uses binary logistic regression modelling to evaluate the significance of the identified factors. The findings indicate that academicians experienced challenges working from home while adapting to the new model of teaching. Contrary to the established results – gender, lack of formal training, work experience and home environment, which did not seem to impact consistently across the three geographical locations. This also is the highlight of the study, as we used the log odds to illustrate the probabilities of impacting factors in each geographical location on the Ease of Coping – the dependent variable. The findings of this study may be directed to comprehend the most substantial factors specific to ease of coping. As the universities prepare themselves for the ‘new normal’, this study will contribute towards a paradigm shift in higher education, thereby enhancing the development of a framework for an effective teaching model to address pedagogical transition.


Higher Education Transition during Pandemic Work from Home Challenges Binary Logistic Regression

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Seena Biju, Jagdish Sheth School of Management (India)

Prof (Dr) Seena Biju is Professor and Associate Director, Department of Management Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, Sikkim Manipal University, India. She has been the Dean at the School of Management and Business at the Manipal International University, Malaysia,  Professor from the domains of Statistics & Operations and has about 24 years of experience in teaching Data Analytics, Quality Management and Six Sigma, Probability & Statistics, Operations Research, Research Methodology, Quantitative Techniques, Decision Theory and related topics to students of the Post Graduate & Under-Graduate programs of various disciplines. A postgraduate in Applied Statistics (MSc) and Business Administration - Operations (MBA), she is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified and an alumnus of the Indian Statistical Institute India. Her key areas of research are Statistical modelling, Six sigma Theory and Academic Quality Measurement & Assurance.

Bhakti More, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai Campus (United Arab Emirates)

Dr Bhakti More is an Architect and an Associate Professor at School of Design & Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai Campus, United Arab Emirates. She has pursued Doctoral studies from School of Built Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom. She has over two decades of experience in teaching and as project architect in the architectural design industry in India and United Arab Emirates. Her area of specialization is in Urban Sociology, Environmental Sustainability and Housing.

Selvamalar Armathlingam, Manipal International University (Malaysia)

Selvamalar Armathlingam is a Chief Admin for Mass Comm Lab and Mass Communication Lecturer at Manipal International University, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. She started her academic career in 2019. She has completed her BA (Hons)Social Science, Mass Communication (Major in Broadcasting, Minor in Psychology) University Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is a Creative expert with more than 18 years of various experience in the largest Satellite Pay TV and IPTV service provider Astro Malaysia. She has experience in creative management, production background in directing, producing variety of programmes from entertainment to talk shows.

Murthy VPS Veluri

Dr Murthy V P S Veluri has worked as a  Professor of Chemical Engineering, at the Manipal International University, Nilai, Malaysia. He did his Bachelors and Masters at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and PhD from IIT, Delhi. His post-doctoral research was at the University of Barcelona. He has over 34 years of professional experience in Education, R&D and Industry in India, Spain, Singapore and Malaysia. His research interests include Bioprocess Development for Value-added Products from Cheap Raw Materials & Industrial Wastes. His current research is on Process Development for the Utilization of Solid Waste from Palm oil mills. His industrial experience was in DuPont, where he contributed to the stabilization of anoxic fluidized bed bioreactors. Recently, he has acquired a Certificate on Online Teaching from Globalnxt University, Malaysia.

Siti Nurakmar Sh Ismail, Manipal International University (Malaysia)

Ms Siti Nurakmar Sh Ismail is Lecturer at School of Management and Business, at Manipal International University, Nilai, Malaysia. She pursued her Bachelors and Master Degree at the National University of Malaysia. She has about 19 years of experience in teaching General and Business Subjects in the area of Islam and Asian Civilization, Ethnics Relation, Malay Language, Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship. Her research interest is in the area of management and leadership from the perspective of the Islamic religion.

How to Cite
Biju, S., More, B., Armathlingam, S., V P S Veluri , M., & Nurakmar Sh Ismail, S. (2022). Modelling academic delivery challenges during COVID-19: a binary logistic approach. Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society, 18(1), 11-22.


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