ZAGREB, October 4, 2020 – The Agency for Science and Higher Education has presented the findings of a survey on studying and social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, which show that students and staff feel the quality of online teaching and teacher-student interaction have been poorer than before quarantine.
Fifty-seven percent of students and 54% of staff at higher education institutions feel the quality of online teaching via field practicum has been much poorer or poorer than before quarantine. Also, 42% of students and 44% of staff feel the possibility of teacher-student interaction has been much poorer or poorer than before quarantine.
Fifty percent of students feel the quality of online teaching via lectures has also been worse than before quarantine, while 38% of staff feel the quality is the same.
The survey was conducted in June and July across Croatia by e-questionnaire with the aim to better understand the effects of extraordinary circumstances on studying and teaching.
Forty-two percent of students were unhappy with access to libraries, while a little over 50% of higher education staff were happy with it.
Eighty-two percent of students and 86% of staff said they were happy with their digital competences.
Respondents mentioned the need for a stable Internet connection and adequate computer equipment, ensuring e-literature access, better organised online exams, preventing unethical behaviour, and the possibility to conduct some classes in person.