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Enabling cross-cultural student voice during COVID-19: a collective autoethnography


Wilson, S and Tan, S and Knox, M and Ong, A and Crawford, J, Enabling cross-cultural student voice during COVID-19: a collective autoethnography, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 17, (5) Article 3. ISSN 1449-9789 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Higher education learning and teaching has faced a significant challenge in 2020. The novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has required institutions to engage in emergency response teaching and deliver distance, online, or socially distanced delivery in most jurisdictions globally. The literature to date has focused on understanding this from the perspective of the institutions and academics primarily. For example, institutional case studies and staff critical reflections. There has been literature published on student learning, student experience, and student wellbeing during COVID-19, but these are typically constructed through an academic lens (e.g. a student satisfaction survey). This research offers a co-constructed account developed adopting a students as partners philosophy. Our research team includes four students from two countries (Australia and Singapore) to independently reflect on their experience and collectively consolidate their learning journey through the pandemic, and be mentored and supported by two academics. Our findings indicate that students feel generally disconnected from their experience. Students felt their agency was important, self-awareness and accountability enabled this. Students also reflected that changes to their learning environment had made it more difficult to create social connections. They also include opportunities to change our teaching practice to be more supportive of our studentsí collective learning during COVID-19.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:coronavirus, emergency response teaching, online learning, student perceptions, student wellbeing, student experience
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Wilson, S (Mr Samuel Wilson)
UTAS Author:Knox, M (Mr Matthew Knox)
UTAS Author:Crawford, J (Dr Joseph Crawford)
ID Code:143250
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2021-03-08
Last Modified:2021-09-27

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