CInSt Research Fellow Olga Rotar attended the Conference by European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) in Porto, Portugal
At the conference, Olga was the only participant representing Russia. She spoke on behalf of the Higher School of Economics. Following the conference, her article was voted best. Also, the article was accepted into the journal Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (Q1 in Education, Q1 in media technology).
The report presented by Olga is titled "What can we learn from adult students’ online learning experience to adapt to the COVID19 pandemic?"
Adults used to be the largest online student population before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the number of online students multiplied during the pandemic, and now includes the complete conglomeration of all student groups, from infants to pensioners. Due to their longer experience of online education, adult students continue to provide valuable insights on how to enhance online learning for other students.
This article reports the results of phenomenographic research on the qualitative differences in the ways of experiencing learning by fifteen adult students enrolled in two online postgraduate programmes. The analysis demonstrated that online learning is conceptualised in three ways: as an investment, as a process that brings structure, and as a process that enables and empowers an individual. Based on examination of the results, insights into how the current research can enhance the online learning of other student groups are offered.
Website of the Conference