Higher education during the pandemic: The predictive factors of learning effectiveness in COVID-19 online learning

Jenny T. Y. TSANG, Mike K. P. SO, Andy C. Y. CHONG, Benson S. Y. LAM, Man Ying Amanda CHU

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Abstract

The global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak forced a shift from face-to-face education to online learning in higher education settings around the world. From the outset, COVID-19 online learning (CoOL) has differed from conventional online learning due to the limited time that students, instructors, and institutions had to adapt to the online learning platform. Such a rapid transition of learning modes may have affected learning effectiveness, which is yet to be investigated. Thus, identifying the predictive factors of learning effectiveness is crucial for the improvement of CoOL. In this study, we assess the significance of university support, student–student dialogue, instructor–student dialogue, and course design for learning effectiveness, measured by perceived learning outcomes, student initiative, and satisfaction. A total of 409 university students completed our survey. Our findings indicated that student–student dialogue and course design were predictive factors of perceived learning outcomes whereas instructor–student dialogue was a determinant of student initiative. University support had no significant relationship with either perceived learning outcomes or student initiative. In terms of learning effectiveness, both perceived learning outcomes and student initiative determined student satisfaction. The results identified that student–student dialogue, course design, and instructor–student dialogue were the key predictive factors of CoOL learning effectiveness, which may determine the ultimate success of CoOL. Copyright © 2021 by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number446
JournalEducation Sciences
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Citation

Tsang, J. T. Y., So, M. K. P., Chong, A. C. Y., Lam, B. S. Y., & Chu, A. M. Y. (2021). Higher education during the pandemic: The predictive factors of learning effectiveness in COVID-19 online learning. Education Sciences, 11(8). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11080446

Keywords

  • Coronavirus disease
  • Perceived learning outcomes
  • Remote teaching/learning
  • Student satisfaction
  • Student initiative
  • Sustainable education

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