A Statistical Investigation to Study the Effectiveness of Online Learning among Various Groups of Undergraduates During the COVID–19 Pandemic

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Panneerselvam Periasamy, Vajiravelu Suganthi, Sasikala Gunasekaran, Krishnakumar Vaithilingam, Velu Rajesh Kannan, Arbind Kumar Choudhary


Background: All government and private educational institutions around the world have adopted online learning. There are a few advantages and disadvantages of this online learning. There are different level groups of students and instructors in the educational system.

Objectives: To investigate the advantages and disadvantages of online learning among the various groups of undergraduate students.  To statistically analyze the response obtained from the students to identify the significant and non-significant variables related to online learning.

Methods: This study aims in investigating the effectiveness of online learning during this COVID-19 pandemic among the various groups of undergraduate students. A Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS, version 22) and Statistics and Data (STATA, version 12) software’s were involved in this study. Various attributes such as age, gender, year of study and the course were chosen for the analysis.

Results: Apart from these attributes for online classes, the effects of physiological factors related to students were also included in the studies to assess the mental health of students. This study was conducted using a link created through Google Docs and was shared with the students. The responses obtained from students were further studied using statistical tools.

Conclusions: The statistical data obtained from this study concluded that students are willing their educational institutions to conduct classes online. This study concluded that students prefer online classes over the traditional classroom learning technique.

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