Undergraduate Student’s Perspectives on E-learning during COVID-19 Outbreak in Sri Lankan Universities

2021 ◽  
Vol 11 (5) ◽  
pp. 64-72
P. J. Kumarasinghe ◽  
M. A. K. Sriyalatha

As education moves e-learning all over the world due to COIVD-19 pandemic, students spend more time on e-learning than ever before. This is also equally applied to the Sri Lankan education system. Thus this study examines the undergraduate students’ perspectives on e-learning during the COVID-19 outbreak in universities in Sri Lanka. Primary data was obtained from undergraduate students in Sri Lankan university using a structured questionnaire via Google form. The perspectives on e-learning education during the COVID-19 pandemic was investigated using descriptive statistics and frequency analysis. The majority of the undergraduate students felt that the e-learning version of education saved travel time and cost of accommodation. Furthermore, the study revealed that the majority of students were happy with the e-learning form of education during the pandemic since it allowed them to finish their degrees faster and access the labor market without a delay. The biggest challenges with e-learning, according to the student responses, were internet access, device availability, visionary issues, technical issues, and stress. As a result of this COVID -19 pandemic, if higher education officials in Sri Lankan universities want to keep e-learning education on going, they must focus on offering cost-effective, high-speed data connections while minimizing technological hurdles. At the same time, it is important to update and revise the curriculum content according to this new mode of education since this is a completely new situation for all. There is relatively little research on students’ perspectives on e-learning education during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Sri Lankan context and it will provide some important highlights to the researchers, parent and academics as well.

2019 ◽  
Vol 1 (1) ◽  
pp. 293
Katia Maria Rocha de Lima

O objetivo desta investigação é estruturar um modelo que avalie a efetividade das estratégias de ensino (tradicional, online e hibrido) utilizadas para o desenvolvimento das competências dos estudantes de graduação em administração, observando o perfil do estudante e o estilo de aprendizagem. A aprendizagem online, baseada no e-learning, tem desempenhado um papel fundamental no ensino e aprendizagem, que se torna cada vez mais popular não apenas em diferentes níveis escolares, mas também em várias instituições de educação superior em todo o mundo (Nedungadi & Raman, 2012). Nesse contexto, a educação a distância emerge como uma oportunidade que pode ampliar as possibilidades de aprendizagem do estudante, implementando ensino totalmente a distância ou no modelo híbrido.Palavras-Chave: Modelos de aprendizagem, e-learning, tradicional, on-line, híbrido.Abstract:The objective of this research is to structure a model that evaluates the effectiveness of teaching strategies (traditional, online and hybrid) used for the development of Administration course undergraduate students’ skills, observing student’s profile and his/her learning style. Online learning, based on e-learning, has played a key role in teaching and learning, which is becoming increasingly popular not only at different levels of education but also in several higher education institutions around the world (Nedungadi & Raman, 2012). In this context, distance education emerges as an opportunity that can broaden students’ learning possibilities, implementing distance education or the hybrid model.

2021 ◽  
Vol 8 (8) ◽  
pp. 138-147
Ekeke, N.C ◽  
Isibor, C.A ◽  
Nkamigbo, D.C.

The study examined socioeconomic determinants of farmers’ using social network in advancing agribusiness in Anambra State, Nigeria. Specifically, it described the socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, identified various social networks available and level of usage among the respondents, determined the influence of socio-economic factors on net marketing income among the respondents and identified the challenges of social network in advancing agribusiness by the respondents. Multi-stage, purposive and simple random methods were used to select one hundred and sixty respondents for the study. Data were collected from primary source. Primary data were collected using structured questionnaire. Collected data were analyzed by means of descriptive statistics, and multiple regression techniques. From the result, findings on the socioeconomic characteristics showed that farmers are relatively young, energetic, are in computer age and able to use phone and other devices to advance agribusiness in their area and beyond for optimum profit. Farmers are educated, married and there is male dominance in the use of social network in advancing agribusiness in the study area. The result showed that whatsapp, facebook, you tube and messenger were mostly used in advancing agribusiness in the study. Marital status, education, household size, means of delivery and marketing cost influenced net marketing income earned by the respondents. Lack of awareness, poor assessment of social network and costly charge of data when accessing the social network were perceived as the main constraints affecting agribusiness. Measures will be taken by appropriate authorities to reduce the tariff of data in accessing social network. Farmers should be trained more on the use of social network to advance their produce to the world. Network providers should of necessity improve their services to enable social network users to be effective. Keywords: Determinants, Social network, Agribusiness.

2021 ◽  
Vol 6 (5) ◽  
Joseph Bentil ◽  
Alfred Kuranchie ◽  
Hagar Ayisi-Boateng

This investigated the nature of study habits and how the demographic variables (sex, age, level and residential status) determine the study habits among full-time regular undergraduate students. Using the cross-sectional survey design, 621 full-time undergraduate students were sampled through proportionate stratified random sampling. Structured questionnaire which had a reliability co-efficient of 0.91 determined through Cronbach alpha was the main instrument used for data collection. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as mean, and standard deviation and inferential statistics such as independent samples t-test and One way between groups ANOVA. The study revealed that the undergraduate students practised homework and assignment most, followed by concentration related study habits, reading and note-taking, examination related study habits while time management related study habits was the least study habits practiced among the students. It was also discovered that students’ demographic variables like sex and level were statistically significant with their study habits. This was seen as male students had better study habits than the females while level 100 full-time undergraduate students had better study habits than their counterparts in level 200, level 300 and level 400 respectively. Besides, it was disclosed that though not statistically significant, students who were resident on-campus had better study habits than their counterparts living outside campus. Furthermore, it was revealed that there is a general disinterest in the practice of study habits as students advanced in age. Based on these findings, it was recommended that the University Management and Academic Board through various departments should introduce study skill courses to assist students in the development of effective study habits. In so doing, these demographic variables should be factored in rolling out interventions for improved academic performance. <p> </p><p><strong> Article visualizations:</strong></p><p><img src="/-counters-/edu_01/0870/a.php" alt="Hit counter" /></p>

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the educational system around the world. It prompted the closure of educational institutions, which had a negative impact on the student activities all over the world. COVID-19 required confinement and isolation due to its infectious nature thus imposed seclusion, which has a significant impact on lecturers and student’s personal interactions. The quantitative approach has been adopted and responses using the data that collected through online questionnaires from 200 students from Department of Information technology and Communication at Politeknik Ungku Omar. This research was conducted during August – September 2021 and the data were recorded in SPSS and analyzed using descriptive statistics. This study reveals that the most difficulties in e-Learning to adjust their learning styles and maintain focus. Moreover, students also most of the students have less motivation when learning online compared to face-to-face learning. The mean perceived in the differences of perceptions according to gender, household income and area of residence are also have significantly different. this study reveals that most students satisfied with the lecturer’s teaching delivery through online platform. This item scores the highest score mean among other items. Most students recommend reducing workload and providing longer assessment times to improve motivation in an e-Learning environment. By giving light on the perspective of diploma students, the findings of this study add to current studies on students' perspectives and preferences for e-Learning education

2020 ◽  
Vol 8 (3) ◽  
Muhammad Luqman ◽  
Muhammad B. Zulfiqar ◽  
Muhammad Yaseen ◽  
Tahir M. Butt ◽  
Ayesha Riaz ◽  

This study aimed to assess the impacts of social media gadgets on academic performance of the students. The study was conducted in two randomly selected universities in Punjab, i.e., University of Agriculture Faisalabad and University of Sargodha. The sample size for the study was 200 (100 from each university) purposively selected undergraduate students enrolled in B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture. Data was collected through the valid, pre-tested and structured questionnaire and analyzed through SPSS. Descriptive statistics was applied for the meaningful interpretation of the results. The results of the study showed that average age of the respondents was 21.09 years. Of the total respondents, 59.8% belonged to rural areas and 40.5% belonged to urban areas. Less than half (46%) of respondents were small farmers and 13.5% had no land. Most of the respondents (76.3%) were owners of their lands. Farming was the key income source for 58% respondents. Average area under cultivation was perceived 10.61 acres. Regarding use of social media gadgets, 87.5% of respondents had an account on WhatsApp for contacts and information sharing thus WhatsApp was the widely used gadget (x̄=3.42±1.30). Pertaining to use of social media gadgets, improved students’ confidence (x̄=3.28), developing high quality multimedia products such as presentations (x̄=3.27), enhanced opportunity of discussion (x̄=3.26), enforcement and encouragement to independent learning (x̄=3.19) were the leading impacts as perceived by the respondents on their academic performance. This study affirms the overwhelmed effectiveness of social media and urged universities to develop a framework to integrate social media in educational system.

George Wamamu Musumba ◽  
Robert O. Oboko ◽  
Henry O. Nyongesa

Many scholars are interested in improving e-learning in order to provide easy access to educational materials. There is, however, the need to incorporate the ability to classify learners into these learning systems. Learner classification is used adaptively to provide relevant information for the various categories of learners. There is also a need for learning to continue, whether learners are on- or off-line. In many parts of the world, especially in the developing world, most people do not have reliable continuous internet connections. We tested an Adaptive e-Learning Model prototype that implements an adaptive presentation of course content under conditions of intermittent Internet connections. This prototype was tested in February 2011 on undergraduate students studying a database systems course. This study found out that it is possible to have models that can adapt to characteristics such as the learner’s level of knowledge and that it is possible for learners to be able to study under both  on- and off-line modes through adaptation.

2015 ◽  
Vol 1 (1) ◽  
pp. 61-69
Ageng Setiani Rafika ◽  
Ki Ahmad Saputro ◽  
Riyan Nova Saputra

Currently, many graduate students who can’t be absorbed by the world of work or labor market because of poor quality. It is caused by several factors such as students as learners, lecturer as a teacher, and the campus as a connector between the institution or any of its faculty and students to students and faculty facilities. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of student discipline in implementing the guidance of the thesis as well as to determine the influence of PO coach and PO testers on the level of quality of graduation. This study uses a quantitative approach with descriptive correlational survey method. The sample collection technique is based on the calculation formula Slovin as many as 61 people. Data was collected using questionnaires and documentation. Analyzed using descriptive statistics and statistical analysis iferensial. Data processing using SPSS. Results of the study showed that the better the level of completion of Objective Assessment Supervisor, the better the quality level graduation because the value received will better the automatic IPK and also rose. However, the better the level of completion of Objective Assessment Examiners, will not affect the level of quality of the graduation.

2020 ◽  
Vol 8 (T1) ◽  
pp. 325-329
Taqi Mohammed Jwad Taher ◽  
Shaymaa Abdul Lateef Al-Fadhul ◽  
Zainab Abbas Hassooni

BACKGROUND: Coronavirus (CoV) disease (COVID)-19 outbreak is considering as a health disaster which threatens the world right now because of its higher infectivity and unavailability of definite vaccine or treatment. The only effective strategies are a commitment to prevention and quarantine of the diseased people to decrease the transmission and spreading. AIM: The objective of the study was to assess the preventive measures adopted by the Iraqi population to protect themselves from acquiring severe acute respiratory syndrome-CoV-2 infection in correlation with their age, sex, educational level, and occupation. METHODS: A total of 619 volunteers were involved in this online cross-sectional study, all of them answered a semi-structured questionnaire including 14 questions regarding the preventive practices. The questionnaire was distributed into three general and mixed Facebook groups during the period from April 18 to 28. Data analyzed by SPSS version 23 using frequency tables and descriptive statistics for numerical continuous age variable, t-test, and ANOVA were used for mean differences in the preventive scores. RESULTS: The sociodemographic features of participants were showed that 81.3% were women and 91.9% had college or higher education. The majority (75.6%) were <30 years old and 42.5% governmentally employed. The mean preventive practice score mentioned by them was 2.60 ± 0.28 with the highest three scores was for stay away from infected and sick people, avoid crowded places, and avoid travel and commuting. A significant difference was found in the practice score according to age, gender, and occupation (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Iraqi people mentioned that they always adhere to the health instructions related to COVID-19 prevention as suggested by the government, health workers, and organizations. Male, students, and people younger than 30 years are less frequently followed the main preventive measures.

2021 ◽  
Mohammad Sorowar Hossain ◽  
Md. Mahbub Hasan ◽  
Mary Petrou ◽  
Paul Telfer ◽  
Abdullah Al Mosabbir

Abstract Background Thalassaemia, a hereditary haemoglobin disorder, is a major public health concern in some parts of the world. Despite Bangladesh is located in the world’s thalassaemia belt, the information on this disease is scarce. Besides, the awareness on this life threatening but potentially preventable disease is surprisingly poor. However, mass awareness is pivotal for developing an effective preventive strategy. In this context, the understanding of parental perspectives is essential to realize the magnitude of the problem. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the parental knowledge gaps and perceptions regarding thalassemia, the barriers confronted by the parents for caring for their thalassaemic children and their attitude to prenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis. MethodsThis cross-sectional study was conducted between January 2018 and December 2018 at a dedicated thalassemia hospital located in Dhaka. A structured questionnaire was used for face-to-face interviews with parents of thalassaemic children. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze data.ResultsOf 365 respondents, nearly all respondents (97%) had not heard about the term, ‘thalassemia’ before the disease was diagnosed in their children; all (100%) were unscreened for carrier status prior to marriage. Mean knowledge scores were significantly higher in respondents with higher income and education. Most respondents (~ 91%) had a guilty feeling for not undergoing premarital screening. Only around 36% of them had heard about prenatal diagnosis. Approximately 25% participants would consider prenatal diagnosis in a future pregnancy, while 70% of them were unsure and only ~ 5% would decline prenatal diagnosis. Only 9.3% mothers had prenatal diagnosis in a previous pregnancy. Nearly 80% of the parents faced difficulty for obtaining blood donors regularly and a similar proportion (~81%) of them did not receive support from any organized blood clubs. More than 40% of the parents reported they felt socially stigmatized. ConclusionThis study suggests poor parental knowledge on thalassaemia including prenatal diagnosis and the challenges they are facing while caring for their children. These findings would be of paramount importance in planning and devising effective prevention and intervention strategies in Bangladesh as well as in other countries with similar sociocultural setting.

2021 ◽  
Vol 258 ◽  
pp. 10004
Olga Shefer ◽  
Svetlana Kraineva ◽  
Tatyana Lebedeva

The article presents a study of the influence of the specifics of the formation of the motivational sphere of undergraduate students on their readiness and ability to perform their labor functions for obtaining a quality education. High-quality education is the basis for a decent life and sustainable personal and social development, which contributes to changing the labor market in all countries of the world, blurring the boundaries between the physical, digital, and psychological and biological spheres. The study of this topic is extremely important for Russia, which seeks to overcome the negative consequences on the labor market and lag behind global trends in development through the implementation of the strategy 2016-2030. As a result of the work, a cluster of pedagogical technologies “UnInd of motivations” was created, which has wide opportunities and allows to implement the educational process in a new way in the modern conditions of the university, namely: to create conditions for improving the training of a university student, increasing the motivation of learning by solving case problems of a practice-oriented nature, to create conditions for further self-improvement in the professional sphere.

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