The Mystery of Remote Communality: University Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions During the COVID‑19 Pandemic

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic affected the communality among university personnel and students. Herein, we report the findings from a northern Finnish university in which student (mean number of participants, n = 339) and staff (mean number of participants, n = 133) perceptions and experiences were surveyed. The data (gathered between March 2020 and June 2021 in 7 surveys) included responses to questions about satisfaction with remote and hybrid work and communality. In addition, as the focus of the analysis in this research, we collected the participants’ descriptions of their experiences and thoughts through open-ended questions. The sense of communality among the students, students and teachers, and staff differed, but the appreciation for flexible interactions and availability was similar between the groups. This study discusses the importance of retaining a sense of communality during and after abnormal times on the basis of the reported findings.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman arenas
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Communality
  • COVID-19
  • Online interaction
  • Remote work
  • Sense of communality
  • University community

Field of science

  • General education

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