International Black Sea University, Georgia

Natela Doghonadze, Ph.D. in Education Sciences Program Coordinator, Professor, Doctor. Scientific supervisor of 39 defended Ph.D. dissertations, author of 9 books in ELT and Education, and more than 200 articles. Teaching and research interests cover education, educational psychology, sociology and management, ELT and literature.

Title: How viral is distance learning?

By distance learning, we understand an educational situation in which a teacher and his/her students are not placed in one physical environment. It is characterized by both advantages and challenges, and, correspondingly, in normal situations is used by adults for additional education or at any level /age in combination with traditional face-to-face education. The goal of this paper is to assess how ready we turned out to be involuntary, caused by an extreme situation of coronavirus, switching over to distance learning. The article presents four cases – Georgian, Iraqi, Ukrainian, and Azerbaijani – as well as some views of educators from several other countries. Although the samples were not representative by number of the research populations, the conclusion made is that the trend is that we (at least, in many countries, or many of us) are still rather far from ready to carry out so often declared and advertised distance learning with optimal efficiency and much work is needed to be able to switch to high-quality distance education.