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  • Unknown author (University of Helsinki, 2021)
  • Rongratana, Rongrong; Tiensuu, Meeri (The Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), University of Helsinki, 2022)
    This evaluation report analyses the experiences of students that have taken part in UniPID Virtual Studies courses during 2016-2020. UniPID Virtual Studies consists of a selection of courses organized by UniPID member universities, covering a wide range of topics related to global responsibility, sustainable development and development research. All courses are held in English and worth of 5 ECTS. The courses are free of charge for the students from UniPID member universities and organized through an online learning environment. Additionally, UniPID offers a possibility for a 25-credit module titled Sustainability in Development for students who want to incorporate a module into their degree. The objective of the student feedback report is to evaluate the quality of the UniPID Virtual Studies program from the student’s perspective. The data of the report has been gathered through the Virtual Studies Feedback Form during 2016-2020. The results that emerge from the evaluation suggest that most of the students who have taken courses through UniPID have found the courses useful and fruitful. The overall student experience on UniPID courses is positive. Additionally, learning results are also good, and most of the students agreed that their understanding of the subject and concepts have increased after taking a course. One of the most favorite learning experiences for students is group discussion and/or group interactivity, especially as UniPID courses often provide with the opportunity to hear insights from other students around the globe. The evaluation of the student feedback suggests that in order to develop the overall quality of Virtual Studies, more attention should be put into following issues: 1) the lack of feedback from the course instructors, 2) the quality of course material, and 3) finding the best practices for online pedagogy.