The development of student learning in the ever-changing landscape of higher education

Research on the study of students in higher education provides a significant insight into the identification and resolution of barriers in this area

SHANGHAI, March 31, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Over the past 20 years, three major trends in higher education have had a major impact: the transition from offline or classroom education to an online or hybrid learning ecosystem (which became more prominent after the global spread of COVID-19); the growth and diversity of the international student movement in higher education and extensive international student assessment programs, such as the National Student Involvement Survey and the Student Experience at the Research University.

But how do these trends affect the development of student education in higher education? Special issue ECNU Review on EducationOpportunities to Teach Students in Higher Education: Ways to Opportunity – addressed to this very question and gave important insights on this issue. “In light of the considerations and controversies surrounding higher education, researchers are required to be more balanced and comprehensive in their conceptualization and research of students’ learning.” says prof. Honbiao In of Chinese University in Hong Kong, China, author of editorial article. A new video explains this well:

In collaboration with Dr. Lian Shi of Chinese University in Hong Kong, Professor It addressed the first trend, namely the transition to digital learning in higher education. In their research article, published in this special issue, the duo explored the impact of online teaching on students at a research university in Dushanbe. China. They found that offline collaboration between students and professors results in the desired learning outcome and an understanding of the learning environment and greater satisfaction. However, online educational collaboration has worked better in strengthening student autonomy and ensuring the completion of in-depth dissertations.

“These observations can help improve teaching and learning in higher education” says Professor Yin.

Another study interviewed students at a research university Chile Found that high performers often used the digital library and tended to study in depth, while students with intermediate level achievement preferred a more physical library and strategic approach. Finally, low-achieving students demonstrated less use of physical and digital libraries and a ground-based approach to learning.

Subsequent articles have explored two other trends in more detail. Focusing on the second trend, one study found that the prevalence of Chinese universities among foreign students has increased. However, this showed that despite the acquisition of good teaching skills and abilities and the Chinese language, they are largely dissatisfied with their learning experience.

Another study focused on the perspectives of Finnish university professors on cooperation between international, local, and exchange students, and found a hierarchical description of meetings between these students.

A study of the third trend, one study in this publication showed a lack of agreement in the research methods adopted to assess student learning and insufficient attention to student assessment. Another study examined the dangers of ‘fake learning’, which arises from rewarding academic achievement, conforming to ideology and methodology, and how universities contribute to it.

It is scheduled to be published in March 2022, this is a special edition ECNU Review on Education breaks down geographical barriers and comprehensively covers aspects of higher education and its impact on student learning, providing critical analysis, advice and guidance to guide future development.


Title of the original document: Opportunities for students to study in higher education: Ways to Opportunities

Magazine: ECNU Review on Education


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