College students are worried about their online learning ability

Do students feel prepared to learn online?

A new survey shows students are worried about maintaining academic focus and social relationships with peers

While most college students say they feel they have the tools they need to learn online, they remain anxious about their own skills in managing their learning in an off-campus environment, according to a new survey.

The findings come from Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., a solutions provider for the education industry. Conducted by Barnes & Noble College Insights the week of March 23, 2020, the survey looked at the perspectives of college students across the U.S. as they move from traditional classrooms to online courses as part of colleges’ and universities’ health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The survey found students split on readiness, with more than half of students (60 percent) saying they are at least somewhat prepared for the switch to online classes, while the rest are less certain, saying they need time to adjust to the transition. Previous experience with online learning appears to be a key factor in preparedness – students who have taken an online class previously are more likely to feel prepared (70 percent vs. 30 percent).

Laura Ascione