Pandemic Pedagogies: Reflecting on Online Learning using the Community of Inquiry Framework

West, Harry, Hill, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0002-0682-783X, Abzhaparova, Aida, Cox, William and Alexander, Anoushka (2024) Pandemic Pedagogies: Reflecting on Online Learning using the Community of Inquiry Framework. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 48 (2). pp. 157-176. doi:10.1080/03098265.2023.2190962

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The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in profound disruption to geography higher education. A pivot to online teaching required staff to rapidly adapt their practices to novel digital spaces. Whilst many studies have reported the different pedagogic approaches adopted, fewer have evaluated the resultant student learning experience. In this study, we aimed to create an evidence base regarding the benefits and challenges of online learning during the pandemic, mapped against the teaching, cognitive and social presences of the Community of Inquiry framework. We adopted a mixed-methods approach of online surveys (105 students) and focus groups (14 students), undertaken across two undergraduate geography programmes in a British university, exploring the benefits of asynchronous and synchronous online learning, and assessment and feedback strategies. We discovered flexibility in student work patterns and use of technology to facilitate engagement in learning. We also identified key challenges for students such as time management, maintaining motivation, engaging in online classes, and feeling part of an online learning community. We identify best practice in collaborative-constructivist online learning, so that in the event of any future remote pivot, or with sustained adoption of blended modes of delivery, we can achieve a high-quality student learning experience.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blended Learning; Pandemic Pedagogies; Asynchronous Learning; Synchronous Learning; Learning Communities; Community of Inquiry
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Professional Services > Academic Development Unit
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2023 14:27
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024 13:00

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