Social Life in Virtual Universities

  • Jozef Hvorecký
  • Monika Dávideková
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 715)


Teaching and learning at virtual universities have their own obstacles. The isolation of students separated from the rest of their “classmates” results into specific problems non-observable in traditional classrooms. The students miss their social contacts which naturally evolve in traditional educational environments. They contribute to cohesion in the group and support team building. The feeling of belongingness is an important motivational factor and has a positive impact on the capability of an individual to overcome problems (in our discussed case, the ones connected to his/her study). This paper aims to study the ways in which the “university spirit” can be enhanced.


Quality of tertiary education Isolation of online students Belongingness to Alma Mater Facilitating the motivation to study University spirit 



This work was supported by the Faculty of Management, Comenius University and School of Management (Vysoká škola manažmentu), both in Bratislava, Slovakia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vysoká škola manažmentu (School of Management)BratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Faculty of ManagementComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia

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