November 19, 2020
On March 12, 2020 a national lockdown was announced in Norway to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Bergen (UiB) responded by moving all teaching and learning online, basically overnight. The DigiTrans project is studying this digital transformation from several perspectives. This report falls under Theme B: Adaptation to Online Teaching & Learning.
The short report (in Norwegian) presents preliminary findings from a survey for instructors on how the closure of the University of Bergen (UiB) due to COVID 19, 12 March affected the teaching situation. 483 instructors, representing all faculties, participated in the survey. The report shows that many teachers have experienced challenges related to increased workload, lack of contact with students and colleagues, unclear boundaries between working hours and leisure time, and teaching activities that cannot be done from home. However, most instructors have learned to use new digital tools after UiB was closed and 61% answer that they will use digital tools more than before in future semesters. More than half of the instructors (66 %) also state that they see new opportunities to develop their own teaching practice due to the experiences from the spring of 2020. Although three quarters of the instructors experience themselves as competent enough to conduct online teaching in their subjects, 65% state that they need more training in how they can teach digitally.