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On-Campus Students Moving Online During COVID-19 University Closures: Barriers and Enablers

Abstract

This practice report shares the experiences of on-campus students enrolled in their second or third year of undergraduate business studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia as they moved to online study during the COVID-19 shutdowns. It details both the barriers and enablers to successful study the students identified. Barriers included loss of support networks, online fatigue, and technology connectivity. Enablers for success included empathic and understanding staff; clear directions; and, engaging, interactive delivery of the online learning activity. The report concludes with recommendations for future practice in assisting on-campus learners with the transition from a physical to a virtual learning environment. In particular, a strong teacher presence is recommended to foster the development of an engaged learning community where student-to-student interactions are facilitated and students feel supported and connected.

Published: 2021-09-08
Section:Online First
How to Cite
Attree, K. (2021). On-Campus Students Moving Online During COVID-19 University Closures: Barriers and Enablers. Student Success, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.1780

Author Biography

Charles Sturt University
Australia Australia

Kath Attree is a Course Director in the Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences at Charles Sturt University.  Her research her research interests include factors impacting student engagement, retention and success.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795