Distance education technology tools in interior design During COVID-19 Pandemic (UOP&UOG students as a case study)
Keywords:Distance education, technology tools, interior design, covid19.
During COVID-19 crisis, most of the affected countries forced the stay-home policy, which causes workers from many sectors to continue their work from home. Higher education institutions have transformed the educational process from f2f classroom learning to distance learning in Jordan and Kingdome of Bahrai. The online education used for many years to support the regular education. However, in this crisis, educational institutions are switched into 100% online teaching. There are many challenges associated with this transition, which makes us rethink about prioritizing education spending and put online education upfront. Also, it is time to rewrite the risk policies and consider biological threats as one of the possible risks that obstruct regular education in interior design departments. In this study, it was highlighted on the experience of two universities which are University of Petra-(Faculty of Architecture and design, Department of interior design), and Gulf university-Bahrain, (College of Engineering, Arch. & Interior Design Engineering) with this circumstance. We evaluated this experience from its beginning to the end of the second semester during the academic year 2019-2020). This study has used the descriptive analytical approach by analyzing the case study of distance education for both universities (UOG and UOP) experience during Covid-19. This study focuses on design studio courses which offered in spring semester 2020 (Basic Design, Principle of Interior Design, Design Studio 1, 2, 4 and Graduations Projects courses). Data was collected from articles, journal web site and final results from students and academic staff. It was used quantitative method which is (openended online questionnaire) with students and qualitative method by using online interviews with academic staff. The questionnaire has conducted online with students from two Countries-Kingdom of Bahrain (Gulf University) and Jordan (Petra University). The questionnaire consisted of 18 questions. While the number of experts reached 7 in both universities. Output measures reported include student evaluations of these online courses, external juries, peer evaluations of student products, and final grades.learned from this experience how to mitigate the effect associated with the crisis.