Views of higher education at home: lessons learnt

Nicola Douglas-Smith, Amanda Simpson, Kalia Kaparounaki, Dina Sidhva

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    In March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Higher Education providers overnight closed physical campus spaces forcing students and staff to engage in “emergency remote” teaching and learning; predominantly from their homes. Much academic discussion at the time of the start of lockdown focused on the student experience, prioritising experiences in the digital environment, including primarily considerations of digital poverty, with less attention paid to the physical spaces of teachers and learners, which may (or may not) have changed as a consequence. Our photoelicitation study aimed to explore these experiences by requesting participants submit images of their ‘workspaces’ and responding to an online qualitative survey seeking to understand their perspectives on aspects of the home that facilitate or diminish the home-based teaching or learning experience. Twenty-six responses (18 students, 6 staff and 2 participants in dual roles) were obtained. Drawing upon the images and narratives provided, this presentation will explore the similarities and differences in adjustments and displacements individuals experienced in using the home as a learning environment because of COVID-19 restrictions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2021
    EventStay Home Stories
    : COVID-19 and Home: Dwelling and Belonging in Pandemic Times
    - The Museum of The Home, London , United Kingdom
    Duration: 24 Nov 202125 Nov 2021


    ConferenceStay Home Stories
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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