2022
CREST IO1 - Mapping of existing participatory practices and models for repurposing educational buildings and spaces

The present study allowed to compare the existing literature and best practices with the actual experiences and needs of distance learning learners. Regarding SCL methods used in the classroom, active learning methods were frequently used and appreciated by students as they helped them to understand and consolidate knowledge better than traditional teacher-centred methods. Focus group participants often cited independent work, research projects, discussion and debate groups, mentoring schemes, the opportunity to choose their own subjects and practical experiences such as fieldwork or internships as the most useful approaches to gaining new insights and deepening their knowledge in their field of study. Computer-assisted learning was another active learning method that students were already using before the pandemic. However, the more practical subjects lacked interactivity and some key elements that could only be taught in face-to-face meetings. It is therefore important in the future to find a balance between digital and face-to-face learning based on the specific disciplines and needs of students, as the wrong use of digital learning methods can hinder the learning process rather than complement it.

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