Students’ Experiences of Emergency Remote Teaching

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Louis Lafleur, Ritsumeikan University; Robert Andrews, Ritsumeikan University; Trevor Raichura, Ritsumeikan University; William Fusco, Ritsumeikan University; Bjorn Fuisting, Ritsumeikan University

In this exploratory study, the authors aim to uncover the student experiences of Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) involving livestream and on-demand lessons for English classes in one faculty of a large private Japanese university during the Covid-19 pandemic. Data were collected from 1178 responses on a mid-semester online survey and follow-up interviews. First- through fourth-year students rated teaching methods and a variety of online tools on their interest level, simplicity of use, and usefulness. The findings from the quantitative and qualitative data revealed that students tended to favour a mixture of on-demand lessons and livestream lessons. Students reported positive feelings about autonomous time-management, and not having to commute to university. However, problems included technical issues, the large array of unfamiliar platforms and delivery methods, a comparatively high workload, and social isolation, particularly among first-year students. Overall, the data suggests coordinated ERT programmes ought to be streamlined and economical with the use of platforms.