ANALYSIS OF THE PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
University of Zilina (SLOVAKIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-8 March, 2022
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:Since 2019, university students have been adapting to the ever-changing conditions of the educational process. The COVID-19 pandemic has been and still is a huge challenge for education systems. This aspect offers teachers, heads of institutions and, last but not least, students a guide to resolving the crisis. Educational institutions had to make many decisions in a short time and address the problems, requirements and needs of students. As a result, the student's family environment had to change and adapt. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students went through various forms of teaching. They started in full-time form, followed by a period of adaptation to new conditions in the online learning environment. They remained in this phase for several months and then returned to school for full-time teaching. Many scientific studies address the economic, environmental, social and psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to note that university students have experienced this changing unexpected period in different ways. Some students have had worse learning outcomes, others have found a balance between online education, part-time work and personal life. From the point of view of the company, it can be stated that it has adapted to the given conditions. However, it should be noted that in some cases it has left great damage to the psyche of individual university students. The aim of the article is to examine the current and past problems of university students in connection with the educational process. The primary data were obtained through an electronic questionnaire, which was sent to the respondents via social networks and e-mail. The conclusion of the article is devoted to recommendations for teachers, parents and students, which relate to improving and optimizing the personal and educational process in crisis situations, such as the recurring pandemic of COVID-19.
Keywords: COVID-19, distance education, online education, student problems.