A Study on the Level of Comprehension and Satisfaction With Distance Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hiroko Kanoh


The purpose of this paper is to clarify how students perceive changes in the educational environment, such as distance learning. A survey was conducted by creating questions that were narrowed down into specific methods, such as categorizing remote teaching methods as text-based, on-demand, or interactive, and sub-dividing the on-demand type into slides with sound and on-demand via video recording. As a result, the most common type of class was text-based. The one with the highest level of comprehension was the interactive type, while the on-demand type was found to have the highest level of satisfaction. It was also found that many students believe that Distance learning would continue for some time, with only a minority being willing to take classes in the classroom despite concerns about infection. While many students felt that distance learning was good for them, such as "I don’t need to commute to school" and "I can rewatch videos," some concerns included "I can’t make new friends" and "It’s hard to communicate with others.” Since students who felt lonely with Distance learning fell into two extremes, they were divided into a high loneliness group and a low loneliness group for comparison. As a result, it was found that students with high loneliness did not enjoy Distance learning and were unable to make new friends, while students with low loneliness seemed to enjoy Distance learning and were able to make new friends even when online.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/irhe.v6n3p29


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