TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE AS A KEY ENABLER FOR SUSTAINING TEACHING AND LEARNING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as the associated lockdown and physical separation measures, not only created unprecedented disruption in the delivery of teaching and learning, but also catalyzed innovation in online education. Education is critical to a country's economy, and many nations' educational models have developed, with digital infrastructure being viewed as the key enabler for sustaining teaching and learning during and after the COVID 19 epidemic. Lack of operational distance-learning platforms and educational resources, disruptions in assessment and teaching, and a general decline in learning quality resulted in demotivation among learners and teachers, which, combined with rising economic hardship, increased the likelihood of people dropping out of school. Infrastructure as a service based on cloud technology is widely employed by colleges and universities all around the world. It was discovered in late December 2019 that Cloud Based Technology infrastructure was supporting e-Learning amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper (i) addresses the opportunities and challenges of e-Learning through available technology infrastructures and denotes the on-going transition from traditional lessons delivery to online teaching and learning; (ii) focuses on the impact of technology infrastructure on e-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. A bibliometric analysis was used to identify the journals that published articles related to emerging technology infrastructures and e-Learning from the period 2010 to 2021. The research findings show the key aspects of how technological infrastructure have been adapted to this new global challenge and their level of effectiveness that can help policy-makers in the future.