Law Student Attitudes about their Experience in the COVID-19 Transition to Online Learning

7 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2020

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Victoria Sutton

Texas Tech University School of Law

Date Written: July 31, 2020

Abstract

Law students from Texas Tech University were surveyed about their attitudes concerning online learning due to the COVID-19 transition, at the end of the spring semester 2020. Questions concerned obstacles to learning, experiences and perceptions. Among the most frequently cited obstacles for students were that students had to move (49%) from their physical location, they were impacted financially (60%) and they lacked reliable internet (40%). The impact of the disease itself was relatively small with only 10% reporting they were affected by someone having COVID-19.

Concerns that the lack of time to design courses for online learning, may have soured students to the online experience were evident from the responses that 36% of students indicated they were less likely to take online classes in the future. Perhaps more surprisingly, 17% reported they were more likely to take online classes in the future.

There was a difference between students who self-selected online courses in the spring semester compared with those experiencing the compulsory transition to all online classes. When students were asked whether they got as much from online learning as face to face courses, 55% of those self-selecting for online courses agreed; whereas 25% all law students disagreed with that statement. More than half of those who self-selected for online courses (55%) reported that their spring semester online course experience helped in the COVID-19 transition.

Keywords: Online, E-Learning, COVID-19, Transition

Suggested Citation

Sutton, Victoria, Law Student Attitudes about their Experience in the COVID-19 Transition to Online Learning (July 31, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3665712 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3665712

Victoria Sutton (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University School of Law ( email )

1802 Hartford
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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