COVID-19 Crisis Times and Graduate Students Attitude towards Online Education: The Case of a Cameroon University


Authors : Austin Oguejiofor Amaechi

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 6 - June

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The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on online education and university students’ perception of online education in Cameroon remains under-evaluated with limited published literature. As human behavior is influenced by people's knowledge and experience; this paper discusses the notion of the lived experience with a particular focus on academic online education. In order to investigate graduate students’ online education perceptions and lived experience beyond COVID-19 pandemic crisis times, a literature study and a case study of a Yaoundé, Cameroon based International University were undertaken. The case study employed online questionnaire (quantitative and qualitative). The results show that students have positive perception towards online education as implemented. The research findings revealed instructional disobedience, difficulties in communicativeness of the online learning management system interface, personal concerns about attention span, home responsibilities, time management, poor Internet access, lack of constant electricity supply, student–supervisor interaction, and academic collaboration as the biggest challenges for the students. Lastly, it is found that students' attitude and instructors' mindset are the key success factors in online education teaching and learning. This is essential as how we behave and perceives determines how we will cope

Keywords : COVID-19; Qualitative Research; Student Experiences; Student Perceptions; Educational Technology; Online Education

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