Features of distance learning in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: a university student’s view

Volume 5, Number 4, 2020, P. 494–504


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The article considers the features of transition to distance learning in the challenging sanitary and epidemiological situation in Russia. The author analyses the difficulties that may arise for University teachers and students when distance learning is not the option to apply it, which is enshrined at the legislative level, but a necessity in the context of a global pandemic. The article presents the results of a questionnaire survey of university students conducted to determine their level of satisfaction with learning in a new format, as well as to establish the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning. There is a contradiction between university students’ assessment of their ability to manage their own time as the main advantage of distance learning and their lack of ability to self-organize. It has been found that formation of the ability to self-organize will reduce the risk of a negative emotional state during distance learning that is typical for the majority of university students in the conditions of forced transition to learning with application of distance education technologies. The conditions to overcome challenges of distance learning are defined as the following: formation of self – and time-management skills by university students, provision of psychological support in the form of individual and group consultations, as well as creation of a support service on the basis of the University to solve students’ technical problems related to the use of information and communication technologies.


distance learning, students, advantages and disadvantages of distance learning


Svetlana A. Lysuenko, Cand. Sci. (Psychology), Director of Testing and Career Guidance Centre, Branch of the Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University «Nizhny Tagil State Social and Pedagogical Institute», Nizhny Tagil, Russia

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Lysuenko S.A. (2020) Features of distance learning in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: a university student’s view. Sotsial’naya kompetentnost’ = Social Competence. Vol. 5. No. 4. P. 494–504. (In Russ.)


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