Online learning and teaching during the pandemic: the experience of commuter students
Kenyon, S. 2022. Online learning and teaching during the pandemic: the experience of commuter students.
This paper reports findings from primary research into the experience of commuter students during the pandemic.
The number of ‘commuter students’ in UK HE – students who continue to live at home whilst studying, rather than moving into student accommodation – is increasing. However, studies into the experience of commuter students suggests that many Universities are failing to meet their needs. Commuter students are more likely than non-commuter students to drop out of their studies and less likely to gain ‘good’ degrees.
On this basis, a suggested benefit of the pandemic may be the elimination of the commute, overcoming transport ‘costs’ and facilitating easier and more equal access to multiple aspects of learning for commuter students.
This paper explores this hypothesis through unstructured depth interviews with 14 commuter students a single post-1992 University. The maximum variation sample includes a range of demographics, mode use, travel duration, residential location, Course and level.
Commuter students reveal their pandemic experience, considering the academic and personal costs and benefits of the move online and the elimination of the commute.
|Keywords||Covid-19 pandemic; Commuter student; Widening participation; Online learning; Transport|
|Conference||72nd Political Studies Association Annual International Conference.|
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|Deposited||06 Sep 2023|
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