Learning remotely during a pandemic: are students in a developing country fully equipped with tools for swift changes?

Perera, E. and Gamage, K. A. A. (2021) Learning remotely during a pandemic: are students in a developing country fully equipped with tools for swift changes? Sustainability, 13(15), 8635. (doi: 10.3390/su13158635)

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Many higher educational institutes are forced to the online mode of lecture delivery without fully understanding students’ perspectives of remote study during COVID-19, and the resource limitations of students to engage successfully in remote learning. The present study aimed to understand this gap and the students’ perspective. We collected and analysed the devices, which used by the students to connect to remote learning in a developing country. It was found that the majority of students are dependent on the laptop-smartphone combination to engage in remote learning, particularly the students in rural areas. The results highlighted the importance of smartphones in the online learning experience, considering their affordability, relatively long battery life, inbuilt internet capabilities, and portability. Although students indicated their willingness for remote learning, they clearly recognised the need for face-to-face teaching return to avoid some of the challenges and disadvantages they face as a part of remote learning.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: This work is funded by the European Commission grant number 619438-EPP-1-2020-1- PK-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP and the Responsive Research Seed Grant of Sri Lanka Technological Campus, Padukka, Sri Lanka under grant no. RRSG/20/A6.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gamage, Professor Kelum
Creator Roles:
Gamage, K. A.A.Methodology, Writing – review and editing, Supervision, Project administration
Authors: Perera, E., and Gamage, K. A. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Sustainability
ISSN (Online):2071-1050
Published Online:03 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 by the authors
First Published:First published in Sustainability 13(15):8635
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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