Pairing online Learning With Digital Pedagogy for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the COVID-19 Era

  • Iqbal Fahri, Achmad Hufad, Tjutju Soendari, Hidayat


This study aims to investigate how teachers in Indonesia educate students with autism spectrum disorders in the COVID-19 era. Qualitative research is used. Data were collected through online interviews with five teachers. Teachers who become participants are teachers in their class having students with autism spectrum disorders. Data were analyzed thematically. A total of five themes were highlighted: (1) alignment of technology system design with the ability of educators to use it to create an effective learning experience; (2) restructuring of teacher professional education materials based on digital pedagogy; (3) collaboration reduces the complexity of teachers in online learning (4) optimizing the new roles of teachers and parents/caregivers in online learning; and (5) availability of technological devices coupled with skills to operate them for online learning anywhere. This paper provides insight into the main factors contributing to success in online learning that is aligned with digital pedagogy for students with autism spectrum disorders in the current era of COVID-19.

Keywords-online learning, digital pedagogy, inclusive classrooms, teachers, students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), COVID-19