Examining the Practices and Challenges of Distance Education of PhD Candidates in the Context of COVID-19

  • Olha Fast Department of Pedagogy and Phycology, Faculty of Primary Education and Physical Culture, The Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council
  • Olena Semenog Department of Ukrainian Language and Literature, Faculty of Foreign and Slavic Philology, Sumy State Pedagogical University named after AS Makarenko
  • Myroslava Vovk Department of Pedagogical Education Content and Technologies, Ivan Ziaziun Institute of Pedagogical and Adult Education NAES of Ukraine, Kyiv
  • Nazar Buhaichuk Department of Physical Culture and Sport, Faculty of Primary Education and Physical Culture, The Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council
  • Galyna Golya Academic Services Office, The Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council
Keywords: Training of PhD Candidates, Distance Education/Learning, COVID-19 Pandemic, Online Learning Technologies, Health and Recreational Technologies

Abstract

The distance education system is actively developing in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sharp transition of PhD candidates to distance education caused difficulties in organising the educational process. The aim of this study was to analyse the methods of distance education for postgraduate students in the context of a COVID-19 pandemic. A survey of graduate students was conducted through specially- designed and semi-standardised interviews of focus groups of producers and consumers of educational services. The study showed that the process of adaptation of postgraduate students majoring in Physical Culture and Sports and Biology was much more difficult than in the major Educational, Pedagogical Sciences and Philology. The reasons for the problems of distance education of PhD candidates included the complexity of creating educational and methodological materials for distance learning; lack of a centralised system of certification and accreditation of electronic courses; insufficient motivation of teachers; shortage of teachers who could competently develop distance learning courses in higher education. The study identified opportunities to implement promising areas of online learning in the system of training of academic and teaching staff: retraining of a large proportion of the teaching staff, implementation of a system approach to the development of the online environment of educational institutions, development of skills and abilities to use educational content. Prospects for further research include the study of problems of violation of academic integrity by postgraduate students in the course of distance learning.

Author Biographies

Olha Fast, Department of Pedagogy and Phycology, Faculty of Primary Education and Physical Culture, The Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council

Olha Fast is an associate professor at the Department of Pedagogy and Phycology, Faculty of Primary Education and Physical Culture of the Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council. She consolidates also the position of Vice-Rector for Research, Teaching and International Relations at the “Lutsk Pedagogical College”. E-mail: olgafast43@gmail.com

Olena Semenog, Department of Ukrainian Language and Literature, Faculty of Foreign and Slavic Philology, Sumy State Pedagogical University named after AS Makarenko

Olena Semenog is a professor and head of the Ukrainian Language and Literature Departament, Faculty of Foreign and Slavic Philology of the Sumy State Pedagogical University named after A. S. Makarenko. E-mail: olenasemenog@gmail.com

Myroslava Vovk, Department of Pedagogical Education Content and Technologies, Ivan Ziaziun Institute of Pedagogical and Adult Education NAES of Ukraine, Kyiv

Myroslava Vovk works as a senior researcher and head of the Department of Pedagogical Education Content and Technologies at the Ivan Ziaziun Institute of Pedagogical and Adult Education NAES of Ukraine. E-mail: miravovk7@gmail.com

Nazar Buhaichuk, Department of Physical Culture and Sport, Faculty of Primary Education and Physical Culture, The Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council

Nazar Buhaichuk is a postgraduate student at the Department of Physical Culture and Sport, Faculty of Primary Education and Physical Culture of the Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council. E-mail: nazario292@gmail.com

Galyna Golya, Academic Services Office, The Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council

Galyna Golya is a postgraduate student at the Academic Services Office of the Municipal Higher Educational Institution “Lutsk Pedagogical College” of the Volyn Regional Council. E-mail: hholya@lpc.ukr.education

Published
2022-03-15
How to Cite
FastO., SemenogO., VovkM., BuhaichukN., & GolyaG. (2022). Examining the Practices and Challenges of Distance Education of PhD Candidates in the Context of COVID-19. Journal of Learning for Development , 9(1), 73-88. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/581