The University St. Kliment Ohridski-Bitola and the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland also faced the current challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic changes in their educational processes, and blended learning has become an extremely important method for sustaining teaching and learning. Concepts, tools and methods such as distance learning, hybrid learning, synchronous learning in virtual classrooms, asynchronous learning via LMS systems and videos, and self-paced learning are intertwined to create a learning environment in the best possible way.
Given this new and challenging situation the project examines the implications of this transformation process alongside five main questions:
- How were the teachers and educators prepared for this process - teaching online only (from the early adopters to the laggards)?
- How did the two universities reshift and adjust their educational process to the “new educational situation” due to the Covid-19 pandemic?
- What are the specifics of business programs (business administration, management, economics, tourism, hospitality and logistics) when implementing blended learning teaching?
- Which tools and methods will remain, be adjusted and expanded and which learning environment will be best to achieve the learning outcomes regarding the amount and the organization of on-campus, online and virtual classes?
- How did the students perceive online teaching regarding their success in learning?
The project covers a time span of two years from 2022 to 2023, researching the period from the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020 and outreaching the pandemic by highlighting its consequences for higher education institutions until the end of 2023. The result of the project will be a study, published in a format called “scientific brochure” which will be available on this website. The project is co-funded by the Austrian Exchange Service ÖAD within the framework of the Scientific - Technological Cooperation and the Ministry of Education in North Macedonia on a bilateral basis.