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Ready to learn in an uncertain future: ways to support student engagement

Carmen Sum (College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Ivy Chan (College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Helen Wong (College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Accounting Research Journal

ISSN: 1030-9616

Article publication date: 18 May 2021

Issue publication date: 19 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine student engagement in learning amid COVID-19 and compare it with the previous cohort under face-to-face learning and propose a series of learning activities to engage students for any uncertain situations in the future.

Design/methodology/approach

Two online surveys were conducted at the end of the academic years of 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 to measure student engagement under face-to-face tradition learning and emergency remote learning respectively.

Findings

Student behavioural engagement was found no statistical difference between the two learning situations, whereas students having face-to-face learning demonstrated greater emotional and cognitive engagement. Social interaction is essential to drive student engagement in emergency remote learning.

Practical implications

The authors intended to highlight some teaching approaches and learning activities for social interaction to engage students.

Originality/value

Engaging students in remote or online learning is an educational challenge for the new reality. This paper proposed the teaching approach and learning activities to engage students in their learning in the future.

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Citation

Sum, C., Chan, I. and Wong, H. (2021), "Ready to learn in an uncertain future: ways to support student engagement", Accounting Research Journal, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 169-183. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARJ-08-2020-0220

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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