The effort with online learning was really appreciated but onsite learning is generally preferred – though a substantial proportion also favour blended learning, delivered by teachers who are au fait with the techniques of online learning: Short report from a survey of students at the University of the Faroe Islands regarding the experience of impact of COVID-19 restrictions in Spring 2020 and early Autumn 2020 (conducted later autumn 2020)

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Abstract

On the whole, the students understand the rationale and measures that were taken during the COVID-19 lockdown in the Spring and the more limited restrictions in Autumn 2020 at the University of the Faroe Islands (UFI). Some students have needed extra support and clarifications, and to a large extent they have been satisfied with the help they got. The students’ feedback shows that when considering the teaching methods used during the online teaching, most of them prefer onsite teaching, as they can tend to experience some impact on their motivation, concentration and focus with online learning. Also, the social aspects are highlighted as an important factor for a positive learning environment. On the other hand, the students also see the benefits of online teaching, especially for those that are living far away, and when students are prevented from attending for various reasons. However, before implementing online teaching as a permanent part of the learning environment, technical issues need further attention and teachers must be upskilled for online teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • online learning
  • online teaching
  • learning environment

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