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Mixed Methods Study on Distance Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Funded by: University of Innsbruck
Principal Investigators: Barbara Juen, Tabea Bork-Hüffer
Project Period: 2020–2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caught societies and educational institutions worldwide unprepared in 2020. This mixed methods study was initiated to bring together expertise from psychology and geography to combine existing, ongoing, and pending data collection with students on distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among others it combined the conduction and analysis of a quantitative survey with a qualitative multi-method and longitudinal research study that accompanied students throughout several data collection phases in 2020 and 2021. The interdisciplinary research teams aimed at gaining a comprehensive insight into the complexity of perceptions, evaluations, practices, experiences, and contexts of distance learning for students during the pandemic. Recommendations for the University of Innsbruck and its lecturers were derived from the results.


Kulcar, V., Straganz, C., Kreh, A., Siller, H., File, N., Canazei, M., Walter, H., Bork-Hüffer, T., Juen, B. (2022). University students’ adherence and vaccination attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic: Focusing on costs and benefits. In: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being.

Bork-Hüffer, T., Kulcar, V., Brielmair, F., Markl, A., Immer, A., Juen, B., Walter, M.H. & K. Kaufmann (2021): University Students’ Perception, Evaluation and Spaces of Distance Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Austria: What Can We Learn for Post-Pandemic Educational Futures? In: Sustainability.

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