Commuter student engagement online and on campus: learning, community and wellbeing.
Kenyon, S. 2021. Commuter student engagement online and on campus: learning, community and wellbeing.
This paper reports emerging findings from primary research into the experience of CCCU 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 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 interviews with c. 20 commuter students. The sample includes a range of demographics, mode use, travel duration, residential location, Course and level.
Commuter students reveal their pandemic experience, considering the costs and benefits of the move online and the elimination of the commute.
The paper concludes with practical steps that Universities should take, to improve online learning for all students, plus specific actions to benefit our commuter students as we return to on-campus learning.
|Keywords||Commuter student; Student engagement; Covid-19 pandemic|
|Conference||Medway Festival of Learning and Teaching 2021|
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|Deposited||06 Sep 2023|
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