With this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some are wondering whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic, and how such a shift would impact the worldwide education market.

At Palestine Technical University, there was already a growth and adoption in education technology, it was before the COVID-19 epidemic. But we will continue to follow the eLearning emergency Plan that has been in place since the initial closure in March as our Remote Learning Plan. We will continue to use this plan for as long as the distance learning continues.

There are, however, challenges to overcome. Some students without internet access and/or technology struggle to participate in digital learning; this gap was seen but we cannot overcome due to the economical war especially with regard to workers and the sources of income of thousands of families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Our primary focus at this time is to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support our students in this new remote learning environment.
We will continue to evaluate our current situation as we develop plans for our eventual return, and we will keep our stakeholders informed as such plans are developed.

Yasmeen Abuhasirah.

Palestine Technical University.

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