Higher education students' online learning attitudes and academic performance: International experience with Covid-19
Handbook of Research on Teacher and Student Perspectives on the Digital Turn in Education
School of Business and Law
This chapter examines higher education students studying in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Samoa on their attitudes toward online learning and its effects on academic performance after the first COVID-19 lockdown. A total of 165 usable responses from 260 online surveys distributed (63.5%) were analyzed. The results revealed that students across the four countries had a positive attitude toward online learning, which significantly improved their academic performance. Interestingly, information literacy had a negative association with academic performance and attitudes toward online learning. This indicates that students with higher information literacy do not necessarily favor online learning. Facilitating conditions and learning support from higher education institutions (HEIs) strengthened students' attitudes toward online learning performance. The findings highlight the importance of providing continuous support for students studying online.