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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Hybrid Model on Student Learning Experience: A Survey Study
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DescriptionDue to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, universities were forced into new teaching models, one of which was the hybrid model. Previously, we investigated the teaching experience of instructors under the hybrid model through interviews and found negative impacts. An online survey was conducted in the same engineering department to understand the students’ perspective. Questions covered aspects including attendance, class participation, performance, challenges, benefits, and suggested improvements. A total of 79 responses were collected. Around half students did not have prior experience of taking online or hybrid class, and correspondingly felt not well-prepared, or more difficulty in learning under the hybrid model. Although more than half students (53.16%) indicated that their favorite format is in-person, more chose to attend virtually (79.75%). While the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, universities need to consider those challenges and needs while continue to make decisions on how classes will be delivered in each semester.