Research on Education in Times of Covid-19

The two main questions our research teams dealt with concerning covid-19 and education were: How does distance teaching during lockdown affect students and teachers? How can we collect the evidence in order to inform decision-makers?

1. Research into remote teaching during the lockdown

As a reaction to the pandemic, our research teams worked to provide evidence about the impact of covid-19 related measures on education by studying teaching at EPFL and in public schools during the lockdown.

1.1. Study on EPFL teachers adapting their teaching

A study on teacher adaptability was ongoing at the moment when covid-19 hit tertiary education in February 2020. It was quickly re-designed in order to capture teachers’ adaptability in the situation of forced change. The analysis introduces perspectives of pedagogical innovation and touches upon social components of learning which, during the lockdown, have left an impact on the meaning of professional teaching role. The recording and slides of a presentation of this study in a lunch&LEARN session are linked on thee left.

1.2. Study on teachers’ experiences with remote teaching in Canton Vaud

More than 5500 teachers from the Canton Vaud have participated in the study. The analysis of the factors associated with effective distance learning reveal that there are three types of factors that play a role: contextual factors (student, teacher and school equipment;  as well as the technical and socio-emotional support available), individual factors (teacher and student autonomy, competence and motivation) and pedagogical factors (practices and tools). The complete report is available here.

2. Collecting research evidence on the impact of covid-19 on education

The pandemic has had a major impact on education, not only because of the social isolation during the lockdown, but also because of the need to organise education differently after reopening of schools. New practices have emerged. Educational researchers have quickly accompanied the emergence of these new practices with research activities. Many have conducted studies to document and investigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on education. These studies can make a significant contribution to understanding what has happened, but also to preparing future scenarios, based on evidence.

But how to gather all these studies in order to make them accessible and useful for the entire research community? The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP), the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SBFI/SEFRI) and the EPFL Center for Learning Sciences (LEARN) teamed up to propose a platform for the sharing of research on Covid-19 impact on education in Switzerland.

2.1. Open repository

We initiated an open online repository of studies addressing Covid-19 impact on education in Switzerland and were able to gather more than 60 studies. Please feel free to use the repository for your research and share it with colleagues.

Link to access items on the platform: https://go.epfl.ch/repository_access
Link to add your study to the repository: https://go.epfl.ch/repository_fill

2.2. Online informal conference

In December 2020, more than 100 researchers participated in an informal conference to share the current knowledge about covid-19 in education. 17 studies were presented by colleagues from UniFR, FORS, EHL, UniZH, PHZG, FSO, SFIVET, UZH, UniGE, UniDistance and EPFL. Full programme

 

Studies on the impact of covid-19 on education

Research on Education in Times of Covid-19

The two main questions our research teams dealt with concerning covid-19 and education were: How does distance teaching during lockdown affect students and teachers? How can we collect the evidence in order to inform decision-makers?

1. Research into remote teaching during the lockdown

As a reaction to the pandemic, our research teams worked to provide evidence about the impact of covid-19 related measures on education by studying teaching at EPFL and in public schools during the lockdown.

1.1. Study on EPFL teachers adapting their teaching

A study on teacher adaptability was ongoing at the moment when covid-19 hit tertiary education in February 2020. It was quickly re-designed in order to capture teachers’ adaptability in the situation of forced change. The analysis introduces perspectives of pedagogical innovation and touches upon social components of learning which, during the lockdown, have left an impact on the meaning of professional teaching role. The recording and slides of a presentation of this study in a lunch&LEARN session are linked on thee left.

1.2. Study on teachers’ experiences with remote teaching in Canton Vaud

More than 5500 teachers from the Canton Vaud have participated in the study. The analysis of the factors associated with effective distance learning reveal that there are three types of factors that play a role: contextual factors (student, teacher and school equipment;  as well as the technical and socio-emotional support available), individual factors (teacher and student autonomy, competence and motivation) and pedagogical factors (practices and tools). The complete report is available here.

2. Collecting research evidence on the impact of covid-19 on education

The pandemic has had a major impact on education, not only because of the social isolation during the lockdown, but also because of the need to organise education differently after reopening of schools. New practices have emerged. Educational researchers have quickly accompanied the emergence of these new practices with research activities. Many have conducted studies to document and investigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on education. These studies can make a significant contribution to understanding what has happened, but also to preparing future scenarios, based on evidence.

But how to gather all these studies in order to make them accessible and useful for the entire research community? The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP), the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SBFI/SEFRI) and the EPFL Center for Learning Sciences (LEARN) teamed up to propose a platform for the sharing of research on Covid-19 impact on education in Switzerland.

2.1. Open repository

We initiated an open online repository of studies addressing Covid-19 impact on education in Switzerland and were able to gather more than 60 studies. Please feel free to use the repository for your research and share it with colleagues.

Link to access items on the platform: https://go.epfl.ch/repository_access
Link to add your study to the repository: https://go.epfl.ch/repository_fill

2.2. Online informal conference

In December 2020, more than 100 researchers participated in an informal conference to share the current knowledge about covid-19 in education. 17 studies were presented by colleagues from UniFR, FORS, EHL, UniZH, PHZG, FSO, SFIVET, UZH, UniGE, UniDistance and EPFL. Full programme

 

Studies on the impact of covid-19 on education

Recherche sur l’éducation durant la pandémie de COVID-19

Les deux questions principales traitées par notre équipe de recherche concernaient la manière dont la distance affectait aussi bien les étudiant-es que les enseignant-es durant le confinement et comment récolter des données et des preuves afin d’informer les prises de décisions.

1. Recherche sur l’enseignement à distance pendant le confinement

En réaction à la pandémie, nos équipes de recherche ont travaillé pour apporter des preuves de l’impact des mesures liées à la COVID-19 sur l’éducation en étudiant l’enseignement à l’EPFL et dans les écoles publiques pendant le confinement.

1.1. Étude sur les enseignant-es de l’EPFL devant adapter leur enseignement

Une étude sur l’adaptabilité des enseignant-es était en cours lorsque la pandémie de COVID-19 a frappé l’enseignement supérieur en février 2020. Celle-ci a donc été rapidement repensée afin de capturer l’adaptabilité des enseignant-es dans une situation de changement forcé. L’analyse introduit des perspectives d’innovation pédagogique et touche aux composantes sociales de l’apprentissage qui, pendant le confinement, ont montré un impact sur le sens du rôle d’enseignant professionnel. L’enregistrement et les diapositives d’une présentation de cette étude lors d’une session lunch&LEARN sont en lien sur la gauche.

1.2. Étude sur les expériences des enseignant-es avec l’enseignement à distance dans le canton de Vaud

Plus de 5500 enseignant-es du canton de Vaud ont participé à l’étude. L’analyse des facteurs associés à un enseignement à distance efficace révèle qu’il existe trois types de facteurs qui jouent un rôle :

 

  • les facteurs contextuels (élève, enseignant.e et équipement scolaire ; ainsi que le soutien technique et socio-affectif disponible)
  • les facteurs individuels (enseignant.e et autonomie, compétence et motivation des étudiant.e.s)
  • les facteurs pédagogiques (pratiques et outils)

Le rapport complet est disponible ici.

2. Recueillir des preuves de recherche sur l’impact de la pandémie de COVID-19 sur l’éducation

La pandémie a eu un impact majeur sur l’éducation, non seulement en raison de l’isolement social pendant le confinement, mais aussi en raison de la nécessité d’organiser l’éducation différemment après la réouverture des écoles. De nouvelles pratiques sont apparues. Les chercheuses et les chercheurs en éducation ont rapidement accompagné l’émergence de ces nouvelles pratiques. Plusieurs études ont été menées pour documenter et enquêter sur les effets de la pandémie du coronavirus sur l’éducation. Celles-ci peuvent apporter une contribution significative à la compréhension de ce qui s’est passé, mais aussi à la préparation de scénarios futurs, basés sur des preuves.

Mais comment rassembler toutes ces études afin de les rendre accessibles et utiles à l’ensemble de la communauté de recherche?

La Conference suisse des directeurs cantonaux de l’instruction publique (CDIP), le Secrétariat d’État à la formation, à la recherche et à l’innovation (SEFRI) et le Centre LEARN se sont associés pour proposer une plateforme de partage des recherches sur l’impact de la COVID-19 sur l’éducation en Suisse.

2.1. Ouvrir le référentiel

Nous avons lancé un référentiel d’études en ligne en libre accès portant sur l’impact de la pandémie de COVID-19 sur l’éducation en Suisse et avons pu rassembler plus de 60 études. N’hésitez pas à utiliser le référentiel pour vos recherches et à le partager avec vos collègues.

 

2.2. Conférence informelle en ligne

En décembre 2020, plus de 100 chercheuses et chercheurs ont participé à une conférence informelle pour partager les connaissances actuelles sur la COVID-19 dans l’éducation. 17 études ont été présentées par des collègues de l’UniFR, FORS, EHL, UniZH, PHZG, FSO, SFIVET, UZH, UniGE, UniDistance et l’EPFL. Le programme complet peut être consulté ici.

 

 

Studies on the impact of covid-19 on education

Research on Education in Times of Covid-19

The two main questions our research teams dealt with concerning covid-19 and education were: How does distance teaching during lockdown affect students and teachers? How can we collect the evidence in order to inform decision-makers?

1. Research into remote teaching during the lockdown

As a reaction to the pandemic, our research teams worked to provide evidence about the impact of covid-19 related measures on education by studying teaching at EPFL and in public schools during the lockdown.

1.1. Study on EPFL teachers adapting their teaching

A study on teacher adaptability was ongoing at the moment when covid-19 hit tertiary education in February 2020. It was quickly re-designed in order to capture teachers’ adaptability in the situation of forced change. The analysis introduces perspectives of pedagogical innovation and touches upon social components of learning which, during the lockdown, have left an impact on the meaning of professional teaching role. The recording and slides of a presentation of this study in a lunch&LEARN session are linked on thee left.

1.2. Study on teachers’ experiences with remote teaching in Canton Vaud

More than 5500 teachers from the Canton Vaud have participated in the study. The analysis of the factors associated with effective distance learning reveal that there are three types of factors that play a role: contextual factors (student, teacher and school equipment;  as well as the technical and socio-emotional support available), individual factors (teacher and student autonomy, competence and motivation) and pedagogical factors (practices and tools). The complete report is available here.

2. Collecting research evidence on the impact of covid-19 on education

The pandemic has had a major impact on education, not only because of the social isolation during the lockdown, but also because of the need to organise education differently after reopening of schools. New practices have emerged. Educational researchers have quickly accompanied the emergence of these new practices with research activities. Many have conducted studies to document and investigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on education. These studies can make a significant contribution to understanding what has happened, but also to preparing future scenarios, based on evidence.

But how to gather all these studies in order to make them accessible and useful for the entire research community? The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP), the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SBFI/SEFRI) and the EPFL Center for Learning Sciences (LEARN) teamed up to propose a platform for the sharing of research on Covid-19 impact on education in Switzerland.

2.1. Open repository

We initiated an open online repository of studies addressing Covid-19 impact on education in Switzerland and were able to gather more than 60 studies. Please feel free to use the repository for your research and share it with colleagues.

Link to access items on the platform: https://go.epfl.ch/repository_access
Link to add your study to the repository: https://go.epfl.ch/repository_fill

2.2. Online informal conference

In December 2020, more than 100 researchers participated in an informal conference to share the current knowledge about covid-19 in education. 17 studies were presented by colleagues from UniFR, FORS, EHL, UniZH, PHZG, FSO, SFIVET, UZH, UniGE, UniDistance and EPFL. Full programme

 

Studies on the impact of covid-19 on education