Semi-containment has accelerated the digitalization of teaching tools. With a high acceptance rate, according to a study.
The Valais universities have well managed the transition to distance education, accelerated by the Covid-19 crisis. This is the conclusion of a investigation on e-learning carried out in spring 2020 by the Service des Hautes Écoles (SHE). Some 1,645 employees or students from universities took part in the study, providing more concrete insight into e-learning as it was experienced during this period.
The results show a positive attitude towards e-learning on the part of students and employees of universities. Among the advantages noted: greater flexibility, the elimination of journeys, the reduction in transport costs and a better reconciliation between training, profession and family.
Difficulties of assimilation
The closure of universities during the pandemic also highlighted the limits of e-learning, in particular for practical courses. Certain sectors, such as music or health, have had to very quickly develop new teaching models. In addition, many students indicated that they had less understanding of the material taught at a distance. E-learning is also seen as more demanding and requiring more effort.
The majority of employees and students of universities in Valais have a high or rather high acceptance of e-learning (see graph). Thus, more than 80% of the people questioned adopt a positive attitude towards e-learning. Also, more than 80% consider the ease of use of the tools made available by the university and the flexibility through e-learning as positive. But only 55% consider that the usefulness of e-learning is high or rather high.
Finally, more than 80% of the people questioned are certain or fairly certain that they will continue to take advantage of e-learning offers. Only 3% of the people questioned do not wish to use e-learning in any way.
In addition, the transition to distance education has accelerated the development of digitization in an extraordinary way. In an extremely short period of time, teachers and students have accumulated experiences and acquired new skills which still need to be consolidated, the report notes.