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COVID-19 and digital disruption in UK universities: afflictions and affordances of emergency online migration / Richard Watermeyer; Tom Crick; Cathryn Knight; Janet Goodall

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Swansea University Authors: Tom, Crick, Cathryn, Knight, Janet, Goodall

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Abstract

COVID-19 has caused the closure of university campuses around the world and migration of all learning, teaching and assessment into online domains. The impacts of this on the academic community as frontline providers of higher education are profound. In this article we report the findings from a sur...

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Published in: Higher Education
ISSN: 0018-1560 1573-174X
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa54331
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Abstract: COVID-19 has caused the closure of university campuses around the world and migration of all learning, teaching and assessment into online domains. The impacts of this on the academic community as frontline providers of higher education are profound. In this article we report the findings from a survey of n=1,148 academics working in universities in the United Kingdom (UK) and representing all the major disciplines and career hierarchy. Respondents report an abundance of what we call 'afflictions' exacted upon their role as educators and in far fewer yet no less visible ways 'affordances' derived from their rapid transition to online provision and early 'entry-level' use of digital pedagogies. Overall, they suggest that online migration is engendering significant dysfunctionality and disturbance to their pedagogical roles and their personal lives. They also signpost online migration as a major challenge for student recruitment, market sustainability, an academic labour-market, and local economies.
Keywords: COVID-19; UK higher education; Online learning, teaching and assessment; Digitalisation of universities; Academic profession