Emerging strategies and challenges faced by professors during Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) at a Colombian university

  • Lina Sofía Valenzuela Icesi University, Colombia
  • Yeny E. Rodríguez University of the Andes, Colombia
  • Henry A. Taquez Icesi University, Colombia
  • Jose Roberto Concha Icesi University, Colombia
  • Ana M. Ayala Icesi University, Colombia
  • Laura Romero-García Icesi University, Colombia
Keywords: faculty, emergency remote teaching, teaching challenges, teaching strategies, Colombia


This paper analyzed the relationship between emergent teaching strategies and the challenges professors at Universidad Icesi (Cali, Colombia) faced when transitioning to Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey with open-ended questions was used to conduct a content analysis, followed by a correspondence analysis. The main findings were that most professors described submitting information and interaction as the most common teaching strategies. The challenges were primarily emotional and technical in nature. There were differences in discipline, gender, and age. Furthermore, there was no alignment between the challenges and the proposed strategies. Finally, this research has significant implications for future teacher training programs that emphasize faculty diversity.

Received: 16 February 2022
Accepted: 24 July 2023


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Author Biographies

Lina Sofía Valenzuela, Icesi University, Colombia

Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Icesi University, Colombia. She is the Program Director of Business Administration bachelor’s degree. She has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Tulane University in the United States. Her research engages education innovation, family business and safety climate in organizations.

Yeny E. Rodríguez, University of the Andes, Colombia

Associate Professor at the University of the Andes, Colombia, from which she received a PhD in Management. Her research interests are focused on finance at two levels: market and corporative, and on education. In education, she is interested in professors’ perceptions of virtual learning environments.

Henry A. Taquez, Icesi University, Colombia

Full-time professor in the Department of Language and Pedagogy at Icesi University, Colombia, where he is the Coordinator of the Education and ICT area. He leads educational projects mediated by ICT. His current research interests are active learning, virtual learning environments, management of educational innovation and teacher professional development.

Jose Roberto Concha, Icesi University, Colombia

Full-time professor and the Chair of the Department of Marketing at Icesi University, Colombia. He has a Ph.D. in Marketing at the Tulane University in the United States. His main research fields are marketing, international commerce, and consumer behavior.

Ana M. Ayala, Icesi University, Colombia

Member of the Dean’s Office in Educational Innovation and Strengthening of the PEI and Full-time professor in the Department of Humanities and Citizenship of the Faculty of Human Sciences at Icesi University. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile. Her main research fields are pedagogy, didactics, ethics, and teacher training.

Laura Romero-García, Icesi University, Colombia

Psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Social and Political Studies and works as a Research Assistant at Icesi University, Colombia. Her main research interests are to related to engagement and perceptions in higher education.


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How to Cite
Valenzuela, Lina Sofía, Yeny E. Rodríguez, Henry A. Taquez, Jose Roberto Concha, Ana M. Ayala, and Laura Romero-García. 2023. “Emerging Strategies and Challenges Faced by Professors During Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) at a Colombian University”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 11 (1), 243-66. https://doi.org/10.18543/tjhe.2358.