Organizational Responses to the covid-19 Crisis by Universities in Poland: A Survey of Student Attitudes

In: Beijing International Review of Education
Ana GodonogaTeaching and Research Associate, Institute for Higher Education Management, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Vienna, Austria,

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Danuta GruszkaStudent, Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK,

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The global health crisis caused by the sars-CoV-2 virus has impacted higher education systems worldwide. Emergency remote teaching strategies have been common organizational responses, which came with challenges, particularly in systems that lacked the capacity for digital provision. Building on strategic and crisis management theory and literature, this study investigates student attitudes towards organizational responses to the crisis in public higher education institutions in Poland. Drawing on findings of an online survey completed by 359 students from 61 institutions, this research has revealed that more than half of the respondents were satisfied with organizational responses to the crisis. Instructors’ self-motivation was identified as a key enabler of a successful implementation of distance learning, while their lack of familiarity with e-learning and technology were found as dominant barriers. The findings of this research can support institutions in other contexts to strengthen their commitment to educational improvement in a period of crisis and digital transformation.

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