Assessing University Students' Attitude towards Online Learning: A Mixed Methods Case Study
Keywords:Online learning, new trends, university students, mixed methods, teaching-learning
The researchers aimed to assess university students’ attitudes toward online learning at the University of Balochistan. A mixed methods case study design was utilized to investigate the study. The quantitative data collection and analysis were followed by the collection of qualitative data through interviewing which were used to explain the initial quantitative results. A questionnaire with close-ended questions was designed by reviewing the literature on the phenomenon under study. The tool was a 5-point Likert scale which was filled by 299 undergrads enrolled in different departments of the University of Balochistan. Frequencies and percentages were calculated and used to conclude the study results in the first strand and then interviews were conducted with seven students whose responses were analyzed by using thematic analysis. It was reflected that students had high frequencies in their positive attitudes toward online learning. The students reflected that it is cost-effective in terms of time, money, and energy. Therefore, it is suggested that the university authorities need to organize online courses and classes to equip them with the practical acquaintance and uses of online learning in providing access to classes
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