Field of work Organizational Psychology


Book chapter: Student learning in pandemic times

How do students actually learn in times of Covid19? Predominantly virtually, of course – but not only in formally organized online courses, but also self-directed and informally through their own trial and error, feedback, and reflection. Together with Janika Dannowsky and Prof. Dr. Niclas Schaper, Dr. Julian Decius has investigated which personal characteristics are related to formal and informal learning during studies.

The analysis of data from over 800 students at German universities shows, for instance, that extroverted and neurotic students are more likely to learn informally. Students who like to compare their performance with others (social reference norm) are more likely to learn formally. Conscientiousness is important for both forms of learning, but the association with formal learning is higher. The resulting implications for teaching practice are also discussed in the article, which was published in German as a chapter in the edited volume "Hochschule auf Abstand" (transcript Verlag) and is freely available online here.

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People and topics

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Learning processes over time

This topic focuses on how (informal) learning behavior in organizations changes over days, weeks, and months. Moreover, we analyze the dynamics of work-related learning and how learning trajectories differ between employees.

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Designing work contexts

The goal of this thematic focus is to examine conducive conditions for work-related learning, employability, and organizational development, both by managers (e.g., shaping learning culture) and by employees (e.g., job crafting).

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New Work requires New Learning

This topic is dedicated to the question of how employees in dynamic work environments can be empowered to learn "what they really, really want" in a self-directed way. The "Learning Opportunities Perception Potential", which helps employees to grasp learning opportunities, is considered crucial here.