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Student Requirements in Hybrid Learning Environments

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An interdisciplinary and international research project is being developed as part of a PhD research collaboration between ZHAW and NTNU. The project aims to investigate the impact of hybrid learning environments on student requirements in universities. It was prompted by changes in university learning environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to explore the influence of hybrid learning on student social connectedness.

Existing research suggests that purely online or fully in-person learning styles are not favorable at university, with a majority of university students preferring a hybrid learning approach. However, there is limited knowledge on how to support students and enhance social connectedness in the hybrid university learning environment (HULE).

The project will align with an ongoing research project at NTNU and focus on identifying essential factors for a supportive hybrid learning experience, comparing student perceptions across different hybrid settings, and modifying the learning environment based on student preferences. The overall goal is to measure student requirements, assess the suitability of the HULE, and determine effective modifications for implementation.