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To see or not to see; the withering boundaries of invisibility: A novice Kuwaiti tutor’s experience of teaching online

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  • Khadija Al-Ali
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>14/03/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Studies in Technology Enhanced Learning
Number of pages16
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date14/03/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This paper reports my experience as a first-time online tutor in a Kuwaiti college during the Covid-19 pandemic. Using autoethnography coupled with a feminist approach to research I analyse my experience and the challenges created for me in this new setting. Guided by my interests and tactics, I present the struggle of a novice tutor to manage her course and teach and support her students in what seemed to be a context which blurred the boundaries between face-to-face (FtF) and online settings in a unique way. I also present a narrative of students’ tactics, interests, and power which compelled the tutor to change her teaching approach and adapt it in a way that helped sail the students to successfully passing their module. This is a story of what seems to be an emerging context of invisibility (with hidden interests and clash of powers) distinctive of the Kuwaiti online context that materialised by choice and power.