RESEARCH ARTICLE

Satisfaction with Online-Teaching is Affected by COVID-Status for University Students

The Open Psychology Journal 26 Apr 2022 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/18743501-v15-e2203020

Abstract

Background:

Little is known about university students’ views regarding online teaching, one year after COVID restrictions.

Objective:

The current study examined predictors of satisfaction with online teaching and differences in views and predictors between those exposed or not exposed to COVID.

Methods:

340 university students (144 males; 194 females; 2 nonbinary) completed an online survey. The mean age was 25 years, with 132 undergraduates and 208 postgraduates. Students completed the Online Teaching Satisfaction Questionnaire, Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, Becks Anxiety Inventory, the Locus of Control Scale, the General Self-Efficacy Scale, and the Brief-COPE Questionnaire.

Results:

Levels of satisfaction with online teaching were reasonable, with about 60% of students satisfied, but satisfaction was not especially high. Students appreciated the efforts of staff but did not find online materials stimulating. Students exposed to COVID needed more external support to be satisfied with their online experience.

Conclusion:

The results indicate that additional support measures will need to be put into place for COVID-exposed students if current online teaching delivery is to continue. Such information may help further developments in online learning, especially if this form of delivery needs to be extended for any length of time.

Keywords: Online teaching, Student satisfaction, Coping strategies, COVID, E-workshops, Webinars.
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