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From Face-to-Face to E-Learning? Studying in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

Weis, S. (2021) From Face-to-Face to E-Learning? Studying in the Midst of a Global Pandemic.

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Abstract:Drastic changes in higher education which are due to the outbreak of COVID-19 are a major challenge for the whole higher educational sector. Students, lecturers and everybody else involved in higher education had to adapt to the new and specific requirements. Students have lost their jobs or faced other extraordinary circumstances due to the pandemic. It is therefore not clear if the circumstances allow for, and if students are able to equally participate during the online semesters. Since this topic is currently highly relevant and will be for future research, the following research question will be addressed: To what extent is equality ensured for the students in Germany during the by the pandemic induced online semesters at on-campus higher education institutions? This research question is answered using a qualitative research design and applying the triangulation approach by conducting a literature review, document analysis, and two expert interviews. The results indicate that equality is only given to a limited extent, as some groups of students could not participate equally, because of unequal conditions and opportunities. This research is especially relevant for higher education institutions as it will give implications on how to provide equality for students during these challenging times.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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