PACIS 2022 Proceedings

Paper Number

1363

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown caused an immediately change of university teaching worldwide. Physical face-to-face courses were transformed into digital formats. This has an impact on students natural working place which is now limited to their home and depend mostly on the internet connectivity and own technical devices. The students had to struggle with this situation which may result in different emotional phases. This study examines the emotional changes of students at different times in the digital winter semester 2020/2021 at a German university. The change process is measured using an existing instrument from grief research. In addition, factors that may affect emotions where analyzed. The results show that the majority of students is not significantly affected by negative emotions. Moreover, further factors, like transformed courses and changed workload, contributed to an emotional change.

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