A snapshot of University students' perceptions about online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Gaining a better understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected students' attitudes towards online education is important in order to pave the way from education disruption to education recovery. The current study aims to investigate how COVID-19 pandemic has changed University students' perceptions about online education. The study used a localised version of a questionnaire developed by the Association for Smart Learning Ecosystem and Regional Development on different aspects of distance education. Participants were 90 University students. The results emerging from the investigation demonstrate a positive overall attitude of University students about online distance education, with relatively high levels of perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, perceived interest and digital competences in-crease and a preference towards blended modes of delivery. The findings can help education professionals to better plan and design future online courses in the post-COVID-19 landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCo-design and Tools Supporting Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
EditorsÓscar Mealha, Mihai Dascalu, Tania Di Mascio
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789811639302
ISBN (Print)9789811639296
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2021
Event6th Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development - Online
Duration: 24 Jun 202126 Jun 2021


Conference6th Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development
Abbreviated titleSLERD 2021
Internet address


  • distance education
  • online learning
  • perception about technologies
  • smart learning ecosystems
  • Covid-19 pandemic

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