How to sustain quality education in a fully online environment: A qualitative study of students’ perceptions and suggestions

Chung Kwan LO, Ka-Yan LIU

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Abstract

This study explored the learning experience of university students in Hong Kong, where remote online instruction was adopted to sustain student learning during the first 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on student voices, this study aimed to improve online instruction. A qualitative case study approach was adopted, involving 12 university students from different subject disciplines and universities. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted, followed by a series of qualitative data analysis procedures. The findings of this study suggested that our participants were generally satisfied with the way synchronous online lessons progressed, but that instructors’ technical problems were common. Furthermore, the students’ self-reported level of engagement tended to be negative due to, for example, lengthy lessons and poor group dynamics in virtual rooms. We also revealed the need for professional development opportunities for instructors to enhance their online teaching skills. Recommendations for improving online instruction are discussed, such as limiting online lessons to between 90 and 120 min, and allowing students to form their own groups, while helping shy students to join a group. This study thus has important implications for sustaining quality education in a fully online environment. Copyright © 2022 by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5112
JournalSustainability
Volume14
Issue number9
Early online date24 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2022

Citation

Lo, C.-K., & Liu, K.-Y. (2022). How to sustain quality education in a fully online environment: A qualitative study of students’ perceptions and suggestions. Sustainability, 14(9). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/su14095112

Keywords

  • Online instruction
  • Remote teaching
  • Student perception
  • Qualitative study
  • COVID-19

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