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The Motivation of Academics in Remote Teaching during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Polish Universities—Opening the Debate on a New Equilibrium in e-Learning

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Faculty of Management, University of Social Sciences, 90-113 Łódź, Poland
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Human Resource Management Department, Wroclaw University of Economics, 53-345 Wrocław, Poland
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Academic Editors: José Sánchez-Santamaría, Brenda Imelda Boroel Cervantes and David Hortigüela Alcalá
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2752; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052752
Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 23 February 2021 / Accepted: 26 February 2021 / Published: 4 March 2021
Online learning helps to continue education in the face of Covid-19 lockdowns and social isolation, but it might largely change characteristics of academic teachers’ jobs and, thus, have some unintended consequences for teachers’ motivating job potential. In this study, using a convenience sample of 202 academic teachers, we tested and supported the hypothesis that academic teachers perceived their motivating job potential as lower during the forced Covid-19 e-learning than before it. We also provided evidence that motivating potential of work during the forced Covid-19 e-learning is associated with work engagement and job satisfaction. Moreover, we provided a modicum of evidence that the relationship between the motivating job potential and academic teachers’ job satisfaction might be moderated by teachers’ assessment of university management actions during the Covid-19 situation, such that this association seems to be stronger among teachers who more positively assess university management. Our results provided initial evidence of possible unintended consequences of the pandemic-forced e-learning for academic teachers. Therefore, we suggested that socially sustainable e-learning required not only concentration on students and organizations of the education process but also on improving the teachers’ motivating job potential. View Full-Text
Keywords: motivating job potential; Covid-19; e-learning; online; teaching; teachers motivating job potential; Covid-19; e-learning; online; teaching; teachers
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Kulikowski, K.; Przytuła, S.; Sułkowski, Ł. The Motivation of Academics in Remote Teaching during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Polish Universities—Opening the Debate on a New Equilibrium in e-Learning. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2752. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052752

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Kulikowski K, Przytuła S, Sułkowski Ł. The Motivation of Academics in Remote Teaching during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Polish Universities—Opening the Debate on a New Equilibrium in e-Learning. Sustainability. 2021; 13(5):2752. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052752

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Kulikowski, Konrad, Sylwia Przytuła, and Łukasz Sułkowski. 2021. "The Motivation of Academics in Remote Teaching during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Polish Universities—Opening the Debate on a New Equilibrium in e-Learning" Sustainability 13, no. 5: 2752. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052752

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