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A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 Pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisis

Yes it is out (6 June 2020), A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 Pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisisglobal research due to Covid 19. A large international  research study from 31 countries, led by Researcher and Faculty member at Anadolu UniversityAras Bozkurt. So proud and honred to have been involved together with so many prominent researchers worldwide as Insung Jung,  Junhong Xiao, Ramesh Sharma and so many other academic scholars almost from 30+ countries worldwide. We did it in appr  one month, some 500 emails, Google Drive Document, and WhatsApp. It was carried out by networking, collaboration, committment and trust and in a very good academic athmosphere, and with a professional sharing culture. All countryreports were peer-reviewed. 


Uncertain times require prompt reflexes to survive and this study is a collaborative reflex to better understand uncertainty and navigate through it. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic hit hard and interrupted many dimensions of our lives, particularly education. As a response to interruption of education due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this study is a collaborative reaction that narrates the overall view, reflections from the K12 and higher educational landscape, lessons learned and suggestions from a total of 31 countries across the world with a representation of 62.7% of the whole world population. In addition to the value of each case by country, the synthesis of this research suggests that the current practices can be defined as emergency remote education and this practice is different from planned practices such as distance education, online learning or other derivations. Above all, this study pointsout how social injustice, inequity and the digital divide have been exacerbated during the pandemic and need unique and targeted measures if they are to be addressed. While there are support communities and mechanisms, parents are overburdened between regular daily/professional duties and emerging educational roles, and all parties are experiencing trauma, psychological pressure and anxiety to various degrees, which necessitates a pedagogy of care, affection and empathy. In terms of educational
processes, the interruption of education signifies the importance of openness in education and highlights issues that should be taken into consideration such as using alternative assessment and evaluation methods as well as concerns about surveillance, ethics, and data privacy resulting from nearly exclusive dependency on online solutions.
Keywords: emergency remote education, distance education, online learning, Coronavirus Pandemic, Covid-19

Suggested citation:
Bozkurt, A., Jung, I., Xiao, J., Vladimirschi, V., Schuwer, R., Egorov, G., Lambert, S. R., Al-Freih, M., Pete, J., Olcott, Jr., D. Rodes, V., Aranciaga, I., Bali, M., Alvarez, Jr., A. V., Roberts, J., Pazurek, A., Raffaghelli, J. E., Panagiotou, N., de Coëtlogon, P., Shahadu, S., Brown, M., Asino, T. I. Tumwesige, J., Ramírez Reyes, T., Barrios Ipenza, E., Ossiannilsson, E., Bond, M., Belhamel, K., Irvine, V., Sharma, R. C., Adam, T., Janssen, B., Sklyarova, T., Olcott, N. Ambrosino, A., Lazou, C., Mocquet, B., Mano, M., & Paskevicius, M. (2020). A global outlook to the interruption of education due to COVID-19 pandemic: Navigating in a time of uncertainty and crisis. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 15(1), 1-126.

ISO/TC 176/TF 4 Future concepts in quality management

Together with Tina Bohlin, I participated on behalf of the Swedish Standard Institute, Sweden SIS the ISO/TC 176  Quality management and quality assurance meeting in Ponta Delgada, San Michel; Azores. The ISO meeting took place at the University of Azores during 19 -24th November 2018.

Me and Tina Bohlin, SIS at ISO/TC 176; Ponta Delgada, Azores

As part of the ISO/TC 176 work this year, a task force had been established to explore the future concepts that are needed to take into account for the next round of revisions on standards such as ISO 9000 and ISO 9001, due to the emerging global challenges, trends and fast-moving changes in the global environments impact on the used standards over the coming years.