Use of Microsoft Teams as an Online Teaching Tool in Kuwaiti Schools
Platforms like Canvas, Moodle and Microsoft Teams seem to have proper possibility to backup teachers in online learning as schools closed due Covid-19 pandemic. By September 2020 international search for comprehensive online learning resources had raised due to Covid-19 matter. Pandemic promoted online resources access to compensate for traditional face to face school-based learning in Kuwait. This paper reports a research study conducted to investigate the role of digital learning platforms in education focusing on use of Microsoft Teams by teachers. To conduct this study the method of research was a survey. Online questionnaire used as data collection instrument. Possible participants were identified, and contact information was collected from Ministry of Education affiliated online groups. Five thousand teachers for whom contact information was available were invited to participate in the study. However, only five hundred teachers responded to participate via online questionnaire. Instrument is seeking information about the use of Microsoft Teams features in digital education and linked problems. Initial results show that teachers seem to be comfortable in using most of Microsoft Teams features for digital learning. The study specifies that teachers recognize importance of using Microsoft Teams in online education to maximize utility. Also, teachers effectively use Microsoft Teams as an online source of information and are willing to explore its different structures for enhancing online teaching functions. Several respondents identified that improving certain creativity, communication, collaboration, and information literacy skills are needed. Study results indicate that Microsoft Teams must be promoted in Kuwaiti public sectors schools by integrating it in formal schools’ teaching systems and teachers’ professional development.
Author: Amani Haidar
Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2022
- Date of Conference: 21-23 June, 2022
- DOI: 10.20533/CICE.2022.0023
- Electronic ISBN: 978-1-913572-49-5
- Conference Location: Virtual (Mississauga, Canada)