COVID-19 and online learning communities: Before, during and 'after'

Martin Turner, Maria Tyler, Julie Nguyen

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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated existing trends in online learning, as universities have adjusted rapidly
to provide increased online learning. This study will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the learning
experience of students in an established OLE, ACCT11059 Accounting, Learning & Online Communication:
before (T1, 2019), during (T1 & T2, 2020) and ‘after’ (T1, 2021) the COVID-19 restrictions. A key aim of this
research is to apply the findings to Allied Health disciplines (such as paramedic, physiotherapy, and podiatry) as
they develop OLEs alongside the use of residentials. The research question driving this project is: whether, and
if so in what ways, the use of an Online Learning Environment (OLE) in ACCT11059 Accounting, Learning &
Online Communication can support the learning of students during the isolation, disruption and social restrictions
resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic: before (T1,2019), during (T1 & T2, 2020) and ‘after’ (T1, 2021)? This
project is based on the approach to learning theoretical framework and will adopt a phenomenographic approach.
Rather than using interviews, the research will study the assessments submitted by students in the unit. The
assessments in this unit involve students completing a series of steps in a major assignment using their own
listed company. These are assessed learning tasks designed to introduce students to financial statements as
they complete a series of authentic tasks using the financial statements for their listed company. The assignment
includes reflective learning journals where students reflect on their learning and provide evidence of their
understanding of key concepts. Providing feedback to each other on draft work is also built into the assignment.
This includes the use of blogs and other online tools to support students to share their draft work online with
other students. Human Ethics approvals: 21383 (2019); 22119/22437 (2020)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2020
Event2020 Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching Online Conference - CQUniversity Online , Rockhampton , Australia
Duration: 13 Oct 202014 Oct 2020 (Program and abstracts)


Conference2020 Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching Online Conference
OtherCQUniversity Academic Board and the Learning Design and Innovation Directorate proudly presents the 2020 Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching Online Conference.

The conference is aimed at bringing together teaching scholars from across all teaching platforms to share insights and best practice in the field of teaching and learning, and will centre around the following themes:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
Educational assessment and evaluation
Educational technology
Professional development of educators
The virus crisis
Researchers, academics, vocational education and training teachers, and professional staff members are welcome to submit an original abstract related to any of the above themes for an opportunity to present at the conference and to make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge or professional practice in this field.
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