A COMPARATIVE STUDY REGARDING FACE-TO-FACE AND ONLINE LEARNING APPROACH DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AMONG PRE-UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA

  • Aida Othman Mdm
  • Siti Noor Syuhada Muhammad Amin
  • Siti Maisarah Aziz
  • Sharifah Wajihah Wafa Syed Saadun Tarek Wafa
  • Nurulhuda Mohammad Yussoff
  • Salmiah Jamal Mat Rosid
  • Nurul Najidah Mohamed
  • Siti Norziahidayu Amzee Zamri
  • Noor Asidah Mohamed
  • Nurul Asma Hasliza Zulkifly
  • Fauziah Ab. Wahab

Abstract

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has caused many fallouts in human daily activities including teaching, learning and examination activities. Students of the Science and Medicine Foundation programme, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Malaysia were also affected by the situation where the usual face-to-face (F2F) learning sessions were turned into online sessions. This study aims to examine the impact of online learning on students’ academic performance among UniSZA foundation students. It is a retrospective study that involved 251 students who completed the foundation studies between 2020 (intake year 2019/2020) and 2021 (intake year 2020/2021). The mid Semester 1 assessment grades of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Information Technology courses were used as the primary comparative factor in assessing performance differences between online and F2F learning. Continuous variables were compared with the independent-t test. A p-value obtained from SPSS that less than 0.05 (p<0.05) was considered statistically significant. The results showed significant differences in grade performance mean score for Biology, Physics and IT subjects as compared to Mathematics and Chemistry. The grade performance mean score for Biology was higher in online learning compared to F2F learning. The opposite was noted for Physics and Information Technology subjects where F2F learning showed higher mean scores compared to online learning. Although there were issues and study limitations, the results show both online learners and F2F learners perform at the same level. This indicates teaching modality may not matter as much as other factors.

Published
2023-10-31
How to Cite
OTHMAN, Aida et al. A COMPARATIVE STUDY REGARDING FACE-TO-FACE AND ONLINE LEARNING APPROACH DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AMONG PRE-UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA. Journal of Academia, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 2, p. 120-126, oct. 2023. ISSN 2289-6368. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/joa/article/view/22686>. Date accessed: 17 apr. 2024.
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