Teaching through Distance Learning Mode during Pandemic COVID-19: Obstacles and Opportunities

  • Farkhunda Rasheed Choudhary Assistant Professor, Department of Education Planning Policy Studies and Leadership, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Hina Noor Lecturer, Department of Special Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Sidra Khushnood MPhil Scholar, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Keywords: Covid-19, Collaboration, Digital Content, Impact, Implications, Mental Health, Obstacles, Opportunities, Readiness, Teaching, Pandemic, Teaching Satisfaction, Workload


In Pakistan, life was running normally according to the yearly routine before the outburst of the novel COVID-19. The government had announced the closure of all educational institutes of Pakistan to avoid physical interaction due to the Pandemic outbreak. The scenario has caused the running routine to be traumatized because it pushed all the teaching to happen virtually. It was quite odd because it was a new dimension in Pakistan that needs many new skills to be imparted before its launch. Therefore, this study has been carried out to explore the teaching obstacles and to contemplate the opportunities for the future. The study examined various attributes of virtual teaching in special situations like COVID-19 in terms of pandemic impact, teaching satisfaction, workload, technical problems, mental health, readiness, collaboration, digital content, COVID-implications, and new opportunities. The questionnaire was used based on the Likert Scale. The digital form was generated and was distributed online to the target audience that was teachers from all levels of the university, college, and school. This study was significant in the sense that it explored the current teaching situation of Pakistan and predicted possible opportunities.