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Online learning during post-earthquake school closures

Hoda Baytiyeh (The American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 29 January 2018

Issue publication date: 23 March 2018




The purpose of this paper is to describe the impacts of earthquakes on schools and education services and demonstrate the critical role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in supporting the continuity of education delivery during temporary school closures after seismic events.


This paper relies on a conceptual analysis that shows the potential role of the online educational environment during post-earthquake school closures by relying on the available ICT tools.


This paper proposes a pro-active strategy for schools that transforms traditional education into an online learning environment to restore education delivery during school closures after earthquake which disrupts face-to-face teaching and denies students and staffs access to schools.


The sustainability of education delivery in the aftermath of earthquakes presents a challenge to governments, schools, people and communities. This paper contributes to the literature by demonstrating the role of online learning in sustaining educational delivery services after moderate earthquakes.



Baytiyeh, H. (2018), "Online learning during post-earthquake school closures", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 215-227.



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