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Hybrid Learning in Bangladeshi Higher Education: Does Adaptation Matter during COVID-19?
Anas Al Masud, Sabrina Hussain, Meherin Ahmed Roza

After eighteen months of maintaining precautions due to COVID-19, universities began to open with the guidance from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC). The study endeavored to examine the adaptability of Hybrid learning in Bangladeshi higher education during COVID-19. The study followed mixed method to accomplish the study where data were collected through questionnaire survey, semi-structured interview, and content analysis of various literatures. The findings of the study show that university authorities have focused on the physical setting of the classroom and the conventional education system instead of focusing on learning. Additionally, resources were invested in e-learning during the pandemic were shut down after universities opened.The study reveals that due to the absence of adequate spaces for maintaining social distances, students and teachers are hardly able to maintain social distancing in the campus. Moreover, administrative authorities are unable to force students to maintain precautions and have lack of realization of the use of online resources adjoining available offline courses. Furthermore, the study suggests that adopting a hybrid learning mechanism will be effective if universities can set a strong institutional framework for managing all the e-resources properly. In addition, the adaptation of strong institutional framework will be beneficial for improving quality in education in post COVID context.

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