The Chair of IFIP WG 13.3 (Human Computer Interaction, Disability, and Aging), Emeritus Professor Helen Petrie, is seeking people who teach in higher education to participate in an international study of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on online teaching and learning.

Based at the University of York, Professor Petrie is working with a PHD student to investigate a range of issues, particularly relating to concerns about privacy and security in online teaching. 

“We are investigating these issues from the viewpoints of both teaching staff and students, in order to see how their perceptions differ,” she explained.

The study seeks to capture input via an online survey, which is suitable for anyone who teaches at a higher education institution anywhere in the world, either full or part-time and who was teaching before the pandemic started.  

“We would be very grateful if you could take the survey and pass the message to any colleagues or friends who might be interested. It is quite a long survey and it takes about 20 minutes to complete. So, it’s something do with a cup of coffee or even something stronger!” she said.

You can access the survey here

Professor Petrie is also keen for teachers to promote the survey to their students and is also happy to share a report on the results, which will also be published in a future issue of IFIP Insights. 

For more information, please contact her at

Emeritus Professor Helen Petrie

Emeritus Professor Helen Petrie