Lived experiences of teachers and students in distance education: shift from traditional to online learning




distance education, technology, lived experiences, traditional teaching and learning


The shift from the traditional way of teaching to distance learning has led many institutions to transition to online learning, which is considered the most effective method for delivering curriculum content to students. Research on distance education shows promise, but it also reveals certain drawbacks. Consequently, improving the promotion of distance education in each institution presents a challenge. This research aims to address two key questions: (a) What are the developmental issues faced by instructors and students when transitioning from traditional to online learning? (b) What potential effects could these problems have on instructors and students' performance? Thematic analysis was employed to identify essential concepts related to information necessary for understanding online and distance learning. This analysis revealed the emergence of the "MAP" of distance learning, encompassing three distinct themes derived from the six main questions in the researcher's interview guide. "MAP" refers to the methodologies employed by different institutions during the teaching and learning shift, the alternative platforms used to deliver curriculum content, and the encountered problems. It is essential for institutions to be well-informed about these problems to effectively address them.


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How to Cite

Carambas, J.R. and Espique, F.P., 2023. Lived experiences of teachers and students in distance education: shift from traditional to online learning. Educational Technology Quarterly [Online], 2023(4), pp.422–435. Available from: [Accessed 24 May 2024].
Received 2023-06-28
Accepted 2023-10-01
Published 2023-10-10

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