The pandemic semesters: Examining public opinion regarding online learning amidst COVID ‐19

Andy Ohemeng Asare, Robin Yap, Ngoc Truong, Eric Ohemeng Sarpong
<span title="2021-06-17">2021</span> <i title="Wiley"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Journal of Computer Assisted Learning</a> </i> &nbsp;
The current educational disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled a plethora of investments and the use of educational technologies for Emergency Remote Learning (ERL). Despite the significance of online learning for ERL across most educational institutions, there are wide mixed perceptions about online learning during this pandemic. This study, therefore, aims at examining public perception about online learning for ERL during COVID-19. The study sample included 31,009 English
more &raquo; ... uage Tweets extracted and cleaned using Twitter API, Python libraries and NVivo, from 10 March 2020 to 25 July 2020, using keywords: COVID-19, Corona, e-learning, online learning, distance learning. Collected tweets were analysed using word frequencies of unigrams and bigrams, sentiment analysis, topic modelling, and sentiment labeling, cluster, and trend analysis. The results identified more positive and negative sentiments within the dataset and identified topics. Further, the identified topics which are learning support, COVID-19, online learning, schools, distance learning, e-learning, students, and education were clustered among each other. The number of daily COVID-19 related cases had a weak linear relationship with the number of online learning tweets due to the low number of tweets during the vacation period from April to June 2020. The number of tweets increased during the early weeks of July 2020 as a result of the increasing number of mixed reactions to the reopening of schools. The study findings and recommendations underscore the need for educational systems, government agencies, and other stakeholders to practically implement online learning measures and strategies for ERL in the quest of reopening of schools.
<span class="external-identifiers"> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer" href="">doi:10.1111/jcal.12574</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmid:34548733</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmcid:PMC8447062</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">fatcat:mc4rbbrlt5aq5mo26eqggznot4</a> </span>
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