Reconstructing Subjective Study Experiences during Shutdown in Pandemic Times

Laura Eigbrecht
Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers
Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe


The article reports on a qualitative study based on interviews with students systematically conducted online since March 2020. A total of 13 individual and eleven group interviews on the personal study situation during the Corona shutdown have been conducted, analysed and evaluated. The students’ perspectives provide insights into how they subjectively reconstruct and classify the experiences they have made, what conclusions can be drawn from this for future higher education and how higher education institutions must evolve in order to support students in the best possible way. In addition to numerous challenges, the pandemic has brought forth the potential of students to shape and reflect on their learning processes in a self-determined and self-organised way and to contribute as experts to shaping the future of higher education.

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