Students' Attitude to Distance Learning Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Abstract

A survey of students regarding their assessment of distance learning before the pandemic (2017) and during the pandemic (2020-2021) was conducted. The survey involved about 1,500 full-time students, mostly first-year students. The overwhelming number of students surveyed are against replacing the traditional «face-to-face» form of education with distance learning, considering such a transition as a forced measure, but a quarter of respondents do not exclude such a possibility. During the pandemic, students have become more appreciative of the effectiveness of their both face-to-face and distance learning, the ability to plan time and study from home, quickly obtain unique knowledge, the quality of knowledge gained, their accessibility to people with disabilities, the value of theoretical and practical knowledge gained. Students rate the characteristics of distance learning below average. More than 90% of students stated that they need a tutor (curator) always or from time to time. The statements of students describing the disadvantages of distance learning are given. It is concluded that the massive transition to distance learning has not reduced, but rather increased the number of its opponents.

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Keywords: distance learning, students, attitude and assessment

Article type: scientific article

Funding. The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) within the framework of research project No. 17-36-01069.

Acknowledgements. The authors would like to thank A.S. Chernikov.

For citation: Maltsev A.V., Saveliev V.V., Lebedeva J.V. Students' Attitude to Distance Learning Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Digital Humanities and Technology in Education (DHTE 2022): Collection of Articles of the III All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference with International Participation. November 17-18, 2022 / V.V. Rubtsov, M.G. Sorokova, N.P. Radchikova (Eds). Moscow: Publishing house MSUPE, 2022., pp. 469–484.

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Information About the Authors

Aleksey V. Maltsev, PhD in Biology, Associate Professor of the Department of General and Social Psychology, Ural Federal University (UrFU), Representative of the Center for Testing and Development "Humanitarian Technologies" (career guidance and educational testing "Teletesting")., Ekaterinburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8097-7863, e-mail: a.v.maltsev@urfu.ru

Vladimir V. Saveliev, Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Resources Management and Psychology, Ural Federal University (UrFU), Ekaterinburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7457-5355, e-mail: bbsav91@gmail.com

Julia V. Lebedeva, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Pedagogy and Psychology of Education, Department of Psychology, Ural Federal University Named After the First President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin, Ekaterinburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3259-6294, e-mail: ljulia1@rambler.ru

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