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Students’ Attitude towards Integrating Online Platforms into Higher School

Student: Daria Kirbay

Supervisor: Olga Savinskaya

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Sociology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

With the development of modern technologies, the digitalization of society and the transformation of social institutions, including the institution of education, occur. Institutional changes are observed - the order and norms of interaction in the educational process are being rebuilt due to usage of technologies. This study examines the experience of using online educational platforms (MOOCs) among students at the Higher School of Economics, in order to characterize institutional educational transit to the digital environment through the study of these practices and students' experiences in both educational and leisure activities. Fourteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with HSE students in their fourth year of undergraduate study in the «Sociology» and «Advertising and Public Relations» educational programs. The results of the study are: a detailed description of the subjective experience of students in using online educational platforms, identifying students' views on the in-class format for obtaining knowledge, formed criteria for comparing distance learning within the university and learning on online platforms (MOOC) in the students' perception. Based on the information received, the most effective way to integrate the online educational format within university has been found and institutional educational transit was characterized.

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