DOI: 10.24412/2470-1262-2021-3-50-62


Student-centered learning has been an integral part of higher education during the COVID 19 pandemic even though the faculty’s role in student-centered learning at higher educational institutions has not been sufficiently considered in the broad context in Kazakhstan’s higher education institutions. This study aims to explore the experience of faculty in order to revisit the teaching philosophy of courses in the programs of the Department of Kazakh Language and Turkic Studies at the Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. The study seeks to answer questions about the working conditions of faculty and how they used technological tools when the deal with problems, with particular focus on the impacts of COVID 19 on faculty and their teaching philosophy. Instructors were given online surveys, including a questionnaire about their home setting, technical issues that they are dealing with, and their physical and mental health. Student’s feedback for fall 2020 semester has been integrated to study as well as syllabi analysis of the faculty.

 Keywords: digital citizenship, emergency remote teaching, COVID-19 pandemic, Kazakhstan


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Information about the authors:

Funda Guven (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) – Ph.D., received her B.A. in Turkish language and literature from 19 Mayıs University (Samsun) and her Master’s degree in public administration from the Institute of Turkey and the Middle East (Ankara). She completed her Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Gazi University (Ankara). She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kazakh Language and Turkic Studies at Nazarbayev University in Nursultan, Kazakhstan. She conducts research on Turkish Studies, including Turkish literature, women writers and identity, and other issues. She currently has been working on a project on online teaching. Email: funda.guven@nu.edu.kz

Gulnara Omarbekova (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) –Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor of the department of the Kazakh language and Turkology, Nazarbayev University (Nur-Sultan, Kabanbay batyr, 53). 50 published articles, areas: the comparative linguistics, lingua-cultural studies, translation and teaching the Kazakh language as the second and foreign language. Email:Gulnara.omarbekova@nu.edu.kz

For citation: Funda Guven, Omarbekova Gulnara, (2021). Emergency Remote Teaching in Kazakhstan during COVID-19. Cross-Cultural Studies: Education and Science, Vol.6, Issue 3 (2021), pp. 50-62 (in USA)

Manuscript received: 07/08/2021 – Accepted for publication:30/09/2021