The coping and well-being of University of Applied Sciences students have decreased during COVID-19 pandemic

There has been a significant decline in the coping and well-being of UAS students during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a compilation of surveys of UAS students, about half of the students experience that their coping is impaired, their motivation is reduced, and stress is increased due to distance learning caused by an exceptional situation.

A total of 1,231 students from LAB University of Applied Sciences responded to the distance learning survey. According to the survey, 47% of LAB students say that their mental resilience has deteriorated a lot or very much during distance learning, and 54% of the respondents experience a decrease in motivation. Mental resilience has improved in 19% and motivation in 26% of respondents.

49% of the respondents felt that the transition to distance learning had a detrimental effect on the quality of studies and 47% did not experience a change in the quality of studies. 53% of respondents said that study-related stress increased during COVID-19 pandemic. The workload related to distance learning has increased slightly or significantly by 49% of the respondents, while only 15% of the respondents have experienced a decrease in the workload.

The communication of the University of Applied Sciences has been quite successful. 60% of the respondents have been satisfied with the information related to the COVID-19 pandemic in LAB. Based on the open answers, the biggest challenges have been in the information related to the implementations of individual courses. Students have been very satisfied with the functionality of the technology, 76% feel that the technology has worked well or very well.

58% of the respondents consider the transition to distance learning at LAB to be successful, and 20% of the students feel that the transition was weak or very weak. The challenges are also directly related to distance learning. The open responses highlighted the fatigue and exhaustion caused by computer work. Creating and maintaining of team spirit remotely was also perceived challenging. However, some of the students felt that distance learning was well suited for them, e.g. due to reduced travel needs.

You can read the full report of the student union KOE here.

More information on the survey from the LAB University of Applied Sciences Student Union KOE

Emma Kokkonen
Advocacy Specialist
emma.kokkonen (at) koeopku.fi
0400 184 394    

Jari Koistinen
Executive Director
jari.koistinen(at)koeopku.fi
050 5020 656

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