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Assessing Student Engagement in an Online Learning Environment During and After COVID-19-Related School Closures: A Survival Analysis Approach

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Trends Neurosci Educ. December 2021; 25: 100168. doi: 10.1016 / j.tine.2021.100168. Online publication of November 18, 2021.


BACKGROUND: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools around the world have been closed, so students have had to be educated remotely. Therefore, the use of online learning environments for distance online learning has increased massively. However, the persistence in using online learning environments during and after school closures remains to be explored.

METHOD: We examined the engagement of German students (n 300,000 students; ≈ 18 million computed problem sets) in an online learning environment for mathematics using survival analysis.

RESULTS: We observed that the total number of enrolled students increased significantly during and after school closures compared to the previous three years. Importantly, however, the proportion of engaged students has also declined more rapidly over time.

CONCLUSION: The application of survival analysis has provided valuable insight into student engagement in online learning – or, conversely, increasing student dropout rates – over time. time. Its application to educational environments allows a wider range of questions to be answered about student engagement in online learning environments in the future.

PMID:34844697 | DO I:10.1016 / j.tine.2021.100168