Standing strong amid a pandemic: How a global online team project stands up to the public health crisis

  • The annual instructional virtual team Project X brings together professors and students from across the globe to engage in client projects. The 2020 project was challenged by the global disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper draws on a quantitative dataset from a post-project survey among 500 participating students and a qualitative narrative inquiry of personal experiences of the faculty members. The findings reveal how innovative use of a variety of collaboration and communication technologies helped students and their professors in building emotional connection and compassion to support each other in the midst of the crisis, and to accomplish the project despite connectivity disruptions. The results suggest that the role of an instructor changed to a coach and mentor, and technology was used to create a greater sense of inclusion and co-presence in student-faculty interactions. Ultimately, the paper highlights the role of technology to help the participants navigate sudden crisis affecting a global online instructional team project. The adaptive instructional teaching strategies and technologies depicted in this study offer transformative potential for future developments in higher education.

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Author:Minna Logemann, Jolanta Aritz, Peter Cardon, Stephanie Swartz, Terri Elhaddaoui, Kristen Getchell, Carolin Fleischmann, Rose Helens-Hart, Xiaoli Li, Juan Carlos Palmer-Silveira, Miguel Ruiz-Garrido, Scott Springer, James Stapp
Parent Title (English):British Journal of Educational Technology
Document Type:Article (peer reviewed)
Publication Year:2022
Tag:collaborative learning; communication; digital competences; distance learning; experiential learning; higher education; team working; virtual world
Page Number:16
First Page:577
Last Page:592
faculties / departments:Fakultät für Betriebswirtschaft