Undergraduates’ Perception on E-learning Readiness during COVID-19: A Case of a Selected University in Sri Lanka

Karunarathne, L. et al. (2020) ‘Undergraduates’ Perception on E-learning Readiness during COVID-19: A case of a Selected University in Sri Lanka’, Sri Lankan Journal of Real Estate, p. 27.

27 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2021

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H.M.L.P. Karunarathne

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

N.C. Wickramaarachchi

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

RG Ariyawansa

Department of Estate Management and Valuation, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

KGPK Weerakoon

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

TGUP Perera

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

P. C. Kaluthanthri

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

W.H.T. Gunawardhana

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Lasika Madhawa Munasinghe

Department of Estate Management and Valuation, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Hashini Wickramasinghe

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Kasuni Rupasinghe

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Date Written: October 16, 2020

Abstract

E-learning involves the use of technological advances, tools and digital devices for teaching and learning. In a university context, this method of education involves training, delivering and sharing knowledge and ideas. In an extreme situation where teacher and student cannot physically meet, such as the presence of the COVID 19 pandemic, online education is paramount to continue the education. It is crucial to understand the e-learning readiness of users’/learners’ before implementing the e-learning mode. This study involves identifying the readiness of the Sri Lankan undergraduates towards e-learning. Accordingly, this paper mainly explores three aspects such as perceived self-efficacy, perceived usefulness and technological aspect in relation to e-learning readiness of undergraduates in Sri Lanka and the advantages and disadvantages of e-learning system as per students’ perspective. The survey was carried out through an online questionnaire and was distributed among all the undergraduates in a selected department of one of the universities in Sri Lanka. Altogether 81% of the students responded to the survey out of 224 undergraduates of the department. The analysis was explored with descriptive statistics. Overall results of the study indicate that the readiness of students for e-learning activities is positive and above the average in terms of perceived self-efficacy, perceived usefulness and technological aspects. It is recommended to implement a hybrid method according to the nature of the different degree programmes.

Keywords: E-Learning, E-Learning Readiness, Perceived Usefulness, Perceived Self-Efficacy, Technological Aspects, Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Learning

Suggested Citation

Karunarathne, H.M.L.P. and Wickramaarachchi, N.C. and Ariyawansa, RG and Weerakoon, KGPK and Perera, TGUP and Kaluthanthri, P. C. and Gunawardhana, W.H.T. and Munasinghe, Lasika Madhawa and Wickramasinghe, Hashini and Rupasinghe, Kasuni, Undergraduates’ Perception on E-learning Readiness during COVID-19: A Case of a Selected University in Sri Lanka (October 16, 2020). Karunarathne, L. et al. (2020) ‘Undergraduates’ Perception on E-learning Readiness during COVID-19: A case of a Selected University in Sri Lanka’, Sri Lankan Journal of Real Estate, p. 27., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3964371

H.M.L.P. Karunarathne

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

N.C. Wickramaarachchi

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

RG Ariyawansa

Department of Estate Management and Valuation, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Sri Lanka

KGPK Weerakoon

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

TGUP Perera

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

P. C. Kaluthanthri

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

W.H.T. Gunawardhana (Contact Author)

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

Lasika Madhawa Munasinghe

Department of Estate Management and Valuation, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Sri Lanka

Hashini Wickramasinghe

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

Kasuni Rupasinghe

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

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