Navigating the challenges of emergency remote teaching at the University of Johannesburg

Nadine Petersen, Jacqueline Batchelor, Sarah Gravett

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This case study documents the move to emergency virtual learning at the University of Johannesburg. Prefacing promoting social justice and care, the authors explain how key challenges unique to a university in a developing world context were considered. The findings highlight the importance of agility, adaptability and the role of Ubuntu (i.e. values of compassion, solidarity and sharing) in higher education institutional leadership in a crisis. Furthermore, the authors highlight the need to address how structural inequality and poverty impact the pace of technological infusion in higher education in the Global South.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding a Better Normal
Subtitle of host publicationVisions of Schools of Education in a Post-Pandemic World
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781804554104
ISBN (Print)9781804554135
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2024


  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Hybrid teaching
  • Initial teacher education
  • Johannesburg
  • Remote emergency teaching and learning
  • Ubuntu

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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