Students want recorded lectures to continue when campuses reopen for face-to-face teaching.
Strong support for the continuation of recorded lectures emerged in a survey of nearly 50,000 students across 25 colleges.
The survey explored the impact of Covid-19 on students’ experience of higher education and the picture painted by their responses was mostly positive.
Overall, students felt their colleges had done a good job in the switch to online and blended learning.
More than 80pc felt supported with ongoing effective and timely communication.
Three in four, 74pc, of undergraduate and taught postgraduate students had a suitable study environment at home. While 47pc of this group felt connected to their college despite the restricted access to campus; 53pc did not.
More than four in five, 84pc, reported having adequate online learning opportunities, and 86pc could access online learning sufficiently.
For postgraduate research students, 67pc had a suitable study environment at home. A greater sense of connectedness to college was reported by this group, probably because 59pc said that they had access to necessary on-campus facilities. However, 36pc reported that Covid-19 had an impact on their funding or their ability to fund themselves.
Students were asked about the positive elements of online and blended learning they would want to keep, and the dominant answer was ‘recorded lectures’. First years liked the accessibility of notes and lecture slides, while taught postgraduate students felt the benefit of less time spent commuting.
The feedback was gathered as part of routine surveys on the student experience involving the Higher Education Authority, the Irish Universities Association, the Technological Higher Education Association and the Union of Students in Ireland.
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said the findings would help in planning for a significant increase in onsite activity from later this year.