and : The first wave of the pandemic in higher education research – a literature review

Higher education institutions around the world have responded to the global pandemic situation at the start of 2020 by switching to distance learning. The study of these transformations, processes and impacts has been of great research interest from the outset (Crawford et al. 2020; Rumbley, 2020), as new knowledge required by the situation has become a key condition for successful adaptation. In our study, we analysed the themes, methodological approaches and changes reflected in higher education research in the first period of the pandemic. The results show that the period had numerous consequences for higher education research. One of these is the transformation of the publishing space and the increased role of the ‘grey literature’ that responds faster to current challenges, than traditional research, partly due to decreasing research capacities as a consequence of increased workload for teaching activities in order to adapt to changed circumstances and hence an “inward-looking attitude” of higher education (Crawford et al. 2020a), and the length of the publication process in academic journals. Looking at the themes of the publications, we can conclude that the issues of teaching and learning and research, best practices, methods and tools play a particularly important role in the period under review. Studies dealing with the economic impact of distance education, student (and to a lesser extent) teacher well-being, the impact of the pandemic on higher education policy and governance are also in the foreground.

Keywords: Covid-19, higher education, research, literature review

Year: 2021
Issue: 3
Page: 7-22
Oct 2021
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