The impact of digital online-based learning on students during Covid-19

University essay from Malmö universitet/Fakulteten för teknik och samhälle (TS)

Abstract: The sudden transition to distance education due to the Covid-19 outbreak was a significant change in the standard of education at many universities. This thesis studies the impact of distance and online-based learning on second- and third-year students within the Computer Science Engineering program at Malmö University in Sweden during the autumn and spring semesters 2020. The data were collected through a questionnaire and interviews as well as Ladok. The results indicated that students’ attendance, participation, motivation, engagement, and interactions with their teachers or classmates were negatively affected by distance and online-based learning. However, the results of the educational outcome differed as the grades of second-year students were negatively affected while the grades of third-year students were unaffected. To improve the specific digital tools/platforms used, teachers and students had suggestions such as using tools with a chat function, recording all lectures, and sending notifications of new material in Canvas to students. To improve the overall experience of distance and online-based education, teachers and students suggested changes such as introducing more interactive elements, planning small-group activities or discussions via Zoom, and providing blended physical/online lectures and labs.

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