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The majority of the academic institutions across the globe transitioned education delivery to alternate methods, irrespective of specializations, in response to the pandemic. However, very little is explored regarding how educators perceive the Online Learning Environment (OLE) transition impacts based on gender differences. The need for such a study emerges as the literature indicates that women are more impacted than males during natural disasters, which might include a pandemic. The unit of analysis for the study was architecture educators in India. India was purposely selected as it is one of the top three countries globally from the perspective of enrolled university students. Therefore, understanding the COVID-19 impacts from the perspective of genders was imperative. The study explored the impacts of the OLE transition among architecture educators as per gender in India. An online survey method was used to allow adequate data collection during a pandemic and collaboration of global research teams. The developed online instrument was hosted on Qualtrics. The developed online instrument was pilot tested by education experts in India. The instrument was then emailed to the deans of more than 450 architecture colleges in India for dissemination among the educators affiliated with the institutions. This was done as limited information about architectural educators was publicly available. In addition, the research team used interpersonal channels such as Whatsapp for instrument distribution. Two follow-up emails were sent to increase the response rate. The survey instrument was disseminated in March and April 2021, one year after the pandemic had impacted globally, also the timeframe when the pandemic started to severely impact India. The study used 165 complete responses from architecture educators. Approximately 59% of the respondents identified themselves as Females. Further, the majority of the respondents had a Master's degree as a terminal degree. The study also investigated whether the female faculty OLE transition experiences were any different from the male faculty, especially with literature indicating that some female faculty were burdened with caretaking roles.
Langar, S., & Mosier, R., & Adhikari, S. (2022, August), COVID-19 Impacts on Architecture Educators in India- A review of gender perceptions Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/40803
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