Published: May 1, 2020

by Kori Fay, Lizzie Bannister, Eric Lanton and Smith Dicken

Abstract

Our research is aimed to explore and understand the effects of remote learning on students. More specifically, we are studying how the change in environment and shift to online learning affect college student’s motivation.

Research Methods

  • Google Forms: created a form in which we could ask students questions about remote learning
  • Each question has the answer options of: strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree or strongly disagree
  • We sent the form to our peers:
    • Friends at CU
    • Friends at other Universities
    • Athletes
    • Greek life members
  • Reach Goal: 100

Environment Questions

  1. I feel like the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted my learning environment.
  2. I feel like the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted my learning environment.
  3. I am doing better in school since the online switch because I am at home.
  4. I feel more stressed out at home.
  5. I feel less safe being at home.
  6. I find myself struggling more financially since being home.
  7. My professors are more understanding about workload and due dates since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic.

Motivation Questions

  1. It is harder to find the effort to do homework since the Covid-19 pandemic.
  2. I find school harder since the Covid-19 pandemic.
  3. I am working harder to maintain my grades since the Covid-19 pandemic.
  4. I am more focused on my mental health since the Covid-19 pandemic.
  5. I am more focused on my physical health since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Data as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/20 69 responses

1. I feel like the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted my learning environment.

 0
(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 83.6% of participants strongly agree)

2. I feel like the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted my learning environment    

 0

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 58.2% of participants strongly agree and 35.8% just agree)

3. I am doing better in school since the online switch because I am at home.

 29

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 43.3% of participants strongly disagree, 28.9% just disagree and 23.9% feel neutral about the statement)

4. I feel more stressed out at home.

 0

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 38.2% of participants strongly agree, 26.5% just agree and 25% feel neutral about the statement)

5. I feel less safe being at home.

 20

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 50.7% of participants just agree and 29.9% strongly disagree)

6. I find myself struggling more financially since being home.

 10

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; Data is largely scattered over all answer options, but the majority at 38.2% of participants disagree with the statement)

7.  My professors are more understanding about workload and due dates since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic.

 10

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; Data is largely scattered over all answer options, but the majority at 33.3% agree with the statement)

8. It is harder to find the effort to do homework since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 0

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 73.7% of participants strongly agree and 23.2% just agree)

9. I find school harder since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 1

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 85.5% of participants agreed with this statement)

10. I am working harder to maintain my grades since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 4

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 59.4% of respondents agreed, and 26.1% of respondents disagreed with this statement.)

11.  I am more focused on my mental health since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 7

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 56.5% of respondents agreed with the statement, while only 28.9% of respondents disagreed.)

12.  I am more focused on my physical health since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 10

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/16/2020; 55.8% of respondents agreed with this statement, while only 25% of respondents disagreed.)

Data as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/20

100 responses

1. I feel like the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted my learning environment.

 0

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 84% of participants strongly agree and 14% just agree the remaining 3% range from neutral to strongly disagree with the statement: I feel like the covid-19 pandemic has impacted my learning environment)

2. I feel like the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted my learning environment.

 0

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 57% of participants strongly agree and 37% just agree the remaining 6% range from neutral to strongly disagree with the statement: I feel like the covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted my learning environment.)

3. I am doing better in school since the online switch because I am at home.

 37

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 1% of participants strongly agree and 6% just agree, 25% are neutral, 33% disagree, and 37% strongly disagree with the statement: I am doing better in school since the online switch because I am at home.)

4. I feel more stressed out at home.

 1

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 39% of participants strongly agree and 24% just agree, 24% are neutral, 12% disagree, and 1% strongly disagree with the statement: I feel more stressed out at home.)

5. I feel less safe being at home.

 27

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 3% of participants strongly agree and 3% just agree, 15% are neutral, 52.2% disagree, and 27.3% strongly disagree with the statement: I feel less safe at home..)

6. I find myself struggling more financially since being home.

 24

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 9% of participants strongly agree and 13% just agree, 14.1% are neutral, 39.4% disagree, and 24.4% strongly disagree with the statement: I find myself struggling more financially at home.)

7. My professors are more understanding about workload and due dates since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic.

 12

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 13% of participants strongly agree and 38% just agree, 18% are neutral, 21% disagree, and 12% strongly disagree with the statement: My professors are more understanding about workload and due dates since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic..)

8. It is harder to find the effort to do homework since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 1

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 73.7% of participants strongly agree and 23.2% just agree the remaining 5% range from neutral to strongly disagree with the statement: It is harder to find the effort to do homework since the covid-19 pandemic)

9. I find school harder since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 2

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 39.4% of participants strongly agree,41.4% just agree, 12.1% are neutral and the remaining 8.1% range from disagree to strongly disagree with the statement: I find school harder since the covid-19 pandemic)

10. I am working harder to maintain my grades since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 5

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 13% of participants strongly agree,41% just agree, 21% are neutral, 20% disagree and 5% strongly disagree with the statement: I am working harder to maintain my grades since the covid-19 pandemic.)

11. I am more focused on my mental health since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 9

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 11% of participants strongly agree, 44% just agree, 18% are neutral, 20% disagree, and 9% strongly disagree with the statement: I am more focused on my mental health since the covid-19 pandemic.)

12. I am more focused on my physical health since the Covid-19 pandemic.

 11

(Data gathered as of 5:00 pm MSTD 4/23/2020; 15% of participants strongly agree, 39% just agree, 22% are neutral, 13% disagree, and 11% strongly disagree with the statement: I am more focused on my physical health since the covid-19 pandemic.)

Concluding Statements

Conducting this research, we did not fully understand the lengths at which the Covid-19 pandemic was affecting college students all across the US. The majority of the participants in this study concluded the switch to online learning is negatively impacting their learning, grades, motivation levels and stress levels. We hope by sharing this information with educators, they can fully understand the environment students are faced with when switching to online learning. We hope the results of this study can also allow professors to be more understanding and more educated on their students' mindsets.