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COVID-19 and Higher Education: First-Year Students’ Expectations toward Distance Learning

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Department of Communication Design and Analysis, University of Economics in Katowice, 40-287 Katowice, Poland
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Department of Informatics, University of Economics in Katowice, 40-287 Katowice, Poland
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Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1889; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13041889
Received: 20 December 2020 / Revised: 4 February 2021 / Accepted: 5 February 2021 / Published: 9 February 2021
The article deals with distance education, which as a teaching method had to be suddenly introduced in schools and higher education institutions as a result of the global pandemic situation. The paper captures the second wave of Poland’s pandemic situation in relation to global circumstances and the methods of conducting distance learning used across the globe. The purpose of this study was to investigate first-year students’ expectations about the education shift to distance learning. GETAMEL, which is the adapted General Extended Technology Acceptance Model for E-Learning, was used in the study. The study analyzed the influence of Experience, Subjective Norms, Enjoyment, Computer Anxiety, and Self-Efficacy on students’ expectations in the context of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. To test the research model presented during the research, The Partial Least Squares method of Structural Equation Modeling was used. An online survey was created to conduct the research, which collected data from 670 Polish first-year undergraduate students. The acquired data were analyzed using the SmartPLS 3 software. The results of the research indicated that the most important factors that influence the feelings of students and can convince them to change from teaching in the classroom to teaching in the distance learning model are the feeling of pleasure in this form of education and a sense of self-efficacy. The results of this study may be of particular interest to education practitioners, including teachers, and a starting point for further research on e-learning models, including, in particular, the understanding of students’ expectations regarding distance learning. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-learning; distance learning; higher education; COVID-19; coronavirus; pandemic; first-year students; expectations; attitude; technology acceptance e-learning; distance learning; higher education; COVID-19; coronavirus; pandemic; first-year students; expectations; attitude; technology acceptance
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Cicha, K.; Rizun, M.; Rutecka, P.; Strzelecki, A. COVID-19 and Higher Education: First-Year Students’ Expectations toward Distance Learning. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1889. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13041889

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Cicha K, Rizun M, Rutecka P, Strzelecki A. COVID-19 and Higher Education: First-Year Students’ Expectations toward Distance Learning. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1889. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13041889

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Cicha, Karina, Mariia Rizun, Paulina Rutecka, and Artur Strzelecki. 2021. "COVID-19 and Higher Education: First-Year Students’ Expectations toward Distance Learning" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1889. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13041889

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