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Students’ Perceptions of Gained and Lost Value: a Case Study of a Summer School That Had to Suddenly Move Online

Version 1 : Received: 15 November 2021 / Approved: 16 November 2021 / Online: 16 November 2021 (14:30:23 CET)

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Journal reference: education sciences 2022
DOI: 10.3390/educsci12050364


In 2020, the early Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing induced the abrupt migration of traditionally presential learning activities to online domains. This “new normal” environment affected management not only of training courses, but also educational events whose main added value consisted in providing students with an interactive experience onsite, as it is the case of inter-institutional summer schools. The following research corresponds to a case study in which our organization, a French university, had to reformulate, in less than three months, one of its traditional summer schools while trying to keep the original goals. We aimed at identifying the impact of four managerial decisions by analyzing, through qualitative and quantitative surveys, students’ perception of gained or lost value regarding four topics: a) online teaching, b) pre-recorded busines cases providers, c) online social events, and d) technical solutions. With an emphasis in both didactics (i.e., knowledge) and pedagogics (i.e., learning experience), the analysis of perceived value allowed as to learn about students’ assessment position, which revealed two main issues at stake: belonging, in relation to students’ identity and academic background, and performing, related to students’ expectations.


value; value perception; assessment; learning organization; online learning; Covid-19; innovation education


SOCIAL SCIENCES, Education Studies

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