04/2021 Proceedings

Vladova, Gergana | Ullrich, André | Bender, Benedict | Gronau, Norbert

Yes, We Can (?) – A Critical Review of the COVID-19 Semester


The COVID-19 crisis has caused an extreme situation for higher education institutions around the world, where exclusively virtual teaching and learning has become obligatory rather than an additional supporting feature. This has created opportunities to explore the potential and limitations of virtual learning formats. This paper presents four theses on virtual classroom teaching and learning that are discussed critically. We use existing theoretical insights extended by empirical evidence from a survey of more than 850 students on acceptance, expectations, and attitudes regarding the positive and negative aspects of virtual teaching. The survey responses were gathered from students at different universities during the first completely digital semester (Spring-Summer 2020) in Germany. We discuss similarities and differences between the subjects being studied and highlight the advantages and disadvantages of virtual teaching and learning. Against the background of existing theory and the gathered data, we emphasize the importance of social interaction, the combination of different learning formats, and thus context-sensitive hybrid learning as the learning form of the future.

Kategorie Proceedings
Autoren Vladova, Gergana; Ullrich, André; Bender, Benedict; Gronau, Norbert
Bandtitel Technology and Innovation in Learning, Teaching and Education
Datum 04/2021
Konferenztitel International Conference on Technology and Innovation in Learning, Teaching and Education
pp. 225-235
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-73988-1_17
Keywords COVID-19, Higher education, Virtual learning, Digital learning, Subject differences