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Disrupting assumptions about the shift to online teaching and learning in universities: Diverse student perceptions and attributions

Gardiner, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-8638-5487 and Cumming-Potvin, W.ORCID: 0000-0002-4961-9379 (2022) Disrupting assumptions about the shift to online teaching and learning in universities: Diverse student perceptions and attributions. In: 37th Annual Research Forum. Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER), 6 August 2022, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.

Abstract

Australian universities, and their students, continue to navigate shifts to online teaching and learning, accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation explores the importance of questioning and disrupting assumptions about this shifting landscape, from the perspective of diverse students. To gain access to these perspectives, the present study facilitated a focus group with a small number of students from different study areas in one metropolitan Australian university. Framed through Lefebvre's heuristic describing inter-related spaces within a given social context, the study highlights how students construed their lived space of online teaching and learning, as well as how they perceived the practices and resourcing of their educators, and arrangements at an institutional level. Interpretive analysis through the lenses of Lefebvre's spatial frame and Gee's critical discourse analysis, suggests that students foregrounded their own diversities and learning needs, and attributed impacts in regard to time and flexibility for study, teaching and learning communications, the quality of online formats, availability of opportunities to participate in different ways of knowing, and educator workload. With the caveat that the study comprised a small pilot, early findings appear to disrupt the accepted premise that students prioritise socio-relational aspects of teaching and learning, with implications for future designs.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
Conference Website: https://www.waier.org.au/annual-forum/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/66186
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