Once more on the rollercoaster: Loses and gains from the rapid shift to online delivery during Covid

Nolan, Eimear; Brady, Mairead; Rienties, Bart and Héliot, YingFei (2021). Once more on the rollercoaster: Loses and gains from the rapid shift to online delivery during Covid. In: Academy of Management Proceedings, 2021(1) p. 15358.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2021.15358abstract


A global rapid shift to online delivery in higher education due to the Covid19 pandemic resulted in students and lecturers pivoting into a new learning environment, in many cases overnight. Our research nested within an Irish university explores how such a rapid educational delivery shift affected both students and lecturers offering a unique dual perspective and input into the changing roles of students and lecturers due to Covid19. Our research design focused on open-ended surveys of 83 M.Sc. postgraduate students and their five lecturers in five modules, followed by qualitative data collected through 34 in-depth interviews. The findings illustrate a complex narrative of self-regulation and challenge for both students and lecturers both needing to adjust to a new educational experience. The main findings is that there is a core challenge in the repositioning of the student and lecturer roles in a new educational ecosystem which needs to be both understood and managed to gain maximum benefit from this rapid and unprecedented change.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 78405
  • Item Type
  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • ISSN
  • 0065-0668
  • Keywords
  • Covid19; online delivery, self-regulated learning, student and teaching practices
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Research Group
  • OpenTEL
  • Depositing User
  • Bart Rienties