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University Students’ Perspectives Regarding Hybrid Learning During The Pandemic Times

Mustafa Kavak
University of Latvia, Latvia

Abstract. Education has earned a novel façade and definition with the advent of technology. Furthermore, this ongoing education perspective has adapted itself to the challenges and difficulties it has encountered in recent years. Pandemic has been one of those challenges. During the pandemic, education remained stable and even retrogressed. Therefore, the necessity for new learning models has become a current issue. Hybrid learning has become one of the innovative learning models. Recently, hybrid learning has obtained a very crucial role in teaching. However, the quality and effectiveness of hybrid learning are still vague. This research paper aims to explore and analyse university students as well as a university professor’s and a schoolteacher’s perspectives regarding the hybrid learning in the context of pandemic. The research sample comprised of 73 university students, including pre-service teachers and master students as well as a university professor and a schoolteacher. Questionnaire was conducted through Google Docs which included 13 questions based on Likert’s scale, and interviews were conducted on Microsoft Teams with a university professor, a schoolteacher and two students, through which five questions regarding their general perspectives on their experiences on hybrid learning were asked. In conclusion, the findings of this research paper provide answers to the questions regarding hybrid learning such as how hybrid learning is defined by the university students, what the most common problems that the students have encountered during hybrid learning in pandemic times are, which advantages and disadvantages of hybrid learning have been experienced and the related issues. These findings suggest that while hybrid learning takes place, the negative aspects (drawbacks) have outnumbered the positive aspects and indicates the need for further improvement and advance in future implication of hybrid learning.

Keywords: education in pandemic, hybrid learning, online education, students’ perspectives, synchronous learning

In: Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2022. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2022. Rakstu krājums
Riga, University of Latvia, 2022. 1135 p. Ed. L. Daniela
ISBN 978-9934-18-911-1