An investigation into the attitudes of Iranian EFL instructors and students towards online education: Lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic




COVID 19, sustainability, online edu, digital technology


The Covid-19 pandemic had a profound effect on the delivery of teaching and learning. Recent studies indicate that Covid-19 interfered with years of educational gains and that university EFL instructors and students faced a variety of problems as they sought to adjust to pandemic requirements. This study explored Iranian university EFL instructors’ and students’ attitudes towards on-line education. It also examined learning and teaching barriers and challenges they encountered during Covid-19. 60 university EFL instructors and 93 students completed two on-line questionnaires. Following, six university instructors and six students took part in interview sessions. The results showed that students favored various advantages that on-line education offered such as convenience, comfort, accessibility, flexibility, and suitability. Students further appreciated the potential of new technology and the opportunities that on-line education brought. However, they identified poor Internet access and excessive screen time as common barriers that could hinder the success and sustainability of high-quality on-line education. The results, moreover, demonstrated university EFL instructors recognized the multiple challenges associated with on-line education. They expressed difficulties in tracking attendance during on-line classes, monitoring students’ progress in on-line classes, as well as concerns about security issues and privacy regarding on-line classes. We believe that the experiences of both university instructors and students should be considered when designing new approaches to empower them.


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Author Biography

  • Dr Muhammed Parviz, Imam Ali University

    Dr Muhammed Parviz is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at Imam Ali University and Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran. His research interests focus on second language writing, discourse /text analysis, technology in academic writing, and Systemic Functional Linguistics, particularly the Appraisal framework and Metaphor. He has contributed to numerous publications in both national and international journals.




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How to Cite

An investigation into the attitudes of Iranian EFL instructors and students towards online education: Lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic. (2024). Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 21(3).