Trinational study about Emergency Remote Teaching

How did the transition from conventional to online teaching during the corona-induced lockdown compare across countries?

This question is being addressed by a research team at the Basel Institute for Educational Sciences (IBW) in collaboration with researchers from the Universities of Strasbourg and of Haute-Alsace in the Eucor network and the university de Duisburg-Essen and Westminster University in England.

The abrupt pandemic-related switch to distance learning has posed technological, organisational and didactic challenges for universities, but it also has the potential to provide impetus for a redesign of university teaching. It is precisely this development potential of emergency remote teaching that has now been investigated in a cross-national comparative study by the research team at the IBW. The aim of the study is to capture experiences, attitudes and needs of university teachers in the context of the transition to online teaching in order to promote the sustainable digital transformation of (post-pandemic) university teaching. The trinational study carries the Eucor label.

The research team has already published six scientific papers on emergency remote teaching. A recent article in the online journal Education Sciences shows that personal, institutional, and technological conditions have an impact on faculty behavior. The research team identified four types of lecturers in the transition to online teaching. Just under half of all respondents focused on content delivery and can be classified as Presenters. They are followed by the Strivers, at around 22%, who sought social interaction, closely followed by the Routineers (19.6%), who integrated a wide range of digital technologies from lecture-based to interactive tools. The study refers to those lecturers who avoided the use of technology as Evaders. They account for around 13% of the study. In addition, the study identifies key factors for a successful digital transformation of university teaching such as providing individual training for lecturers in the area of digital technology along with the technology itself and the necessary technical and pedagogical support at the universities.

On the project Website you will find further information on the study and links to the publications.

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