DR. SUWARSIH MADYA

COVID-19 has changed the world walks of life, including the world of higher education. This unexpected calamity has made all higher education stakeholders to rethink the way to manage resources to ensure that the learning processes go well without causing too much learning loss for students. The challenges are mostly posed by the forced switch from the face-to-face teaching and learning to online teaching and learning. The challenges are concerned with: the reconstruction of learning materials, the means to deliver the materials, monitoring students’ progress, and the assessment. The challenge in reconstructing is more technical than substantial since it requires the ICT literacy, which, most senior faculty members, who are digital migrants, is no easy job. The very short training has eased the job but still very unsatisfactorily at the beginning. The challenges to deliver the materials are confronted with two issues: funding and connection. The former can be eased through a sort of subsidy, but the latter cannot only be solved by the provider. This requires a proper adjustment of delivery means, which is left to each faculty member through a negotiation with the students. Another issue is related to the nature of learning. The online system for theoretical earning can be created more easily than that for practical learning. This issue remains if the situation does not improve. Another critical issue is related to monitoring students’ participation since the online system has not fully helped in monitoring students’ participation. Similar issues may be found in assessing students’ learning progress. This paper is aimed at sharing experiences in overcoming all the curricular challenges in a state university in Indonesia.