Abstract—The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented close
engagement with students to avoid the spread of the virus.
Hence, the transition from the traditional classroom methods to
fully online teaching mode is essential. Academicians need to be
equipped with the necessary devices and technical skills to
conduct live video meetings (synchronous) and create recorded
video (asynchronous). In this study, we have conducted a survey
to assess the readiness of the academicians at the Center for
Foundation Studies in Science, University of Malaya to teach
online. 88 academicians participated in this study which
consists of 68 local staff and 20 Japanese staff. The survey was
conducted using Google Form, which focused on three main
aspects of readiness. They were hardware readiness, software
readiness and behavior (which include experiences, opinions,
and expectation on online teaching). The results show that
necessary equipment to conduct video meetings for lectures and
tutorials such as webcam, microphone and should be provided.
Continuous training should be provided to increase
academicians’ competencies in using the applications used. We
hope that this research will provide some insights on the current
condition that our academicians are having, what is the
problem that they are facing and to plan ahead.
Index Terms—Online learning, online teaching, Covid-19, teaching and learning, pandemic.
M. Amirul Mohamad Khairi is witht the Mathematic Division of the Center of Foundation Studies in Science, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He is also with the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia (e-mail: email@example.com).
I. Faridah, H. Norsiah, and M. A. Ahmad Zaki are with the Mathematic Division of the Center of Foundation Studies in Science, University of Malaya, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: M. Amirul Mohamad Khairi, I. Faridah, H. Norsiah, and M. A. Ahmad Zaki, "Preliminary Study on Readiness to Teach Online Due to Covid-19 Pandemic among University Academician in Malaysia," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 212-219, 2021.Copyright © 2021 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).