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Novice Programming Students' Reflections on Study Motivation during COVID-19 Pandemic (2021)

Lohiniva, M., & Isomöttönen, V. (2021). Novice Programming Students' Reflections on Study Motivation during COVID-19 Pandemic. In FIE 2021 : 2021 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (pp. 1-9). IEEE. Conference proceedings : Frontiers in Education Conference. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE49875.2021.9637367

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All authors or editors: Lohiniva, Meija; Isomöttönen, Ville

Parent publication: FIE 2021 : 2021 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)


  • Frontiers in Education Conference

Place and date of conference: Lincoln, NE, USA, 13.-16.10.2021

ISBN: 978-1-6654-3852-0

eISBN: 978-1-6654-3851-3

Journal or series: Conference proceedings : Frontiers in Education Conference

ISSN: 1539-4565

eISSN: 2377-634X

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 13/10/2021

Pages range: 1-9

Publisher: IEEE

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE49875.2021.9637367

Publication open access: Other way freely accessible online

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Web address where publication is available: https://aic-atlas.s3.eu-north-1.amazonaws.com/projects/1ec1bb75-fe41-6fa4-aa45-06740b380f04/documents/FIE+2021-Proceedings.zip

Additional information: Article number: 34257


In this Research Full Paper, the aim was to explore students' perceptions of their study motivation during COVID-19 pandemic. The goal was to dig into this current topic when it is still fresh. This type of event could be recurring in time and it may also be related to more permanent changes in education. The context of the study was an introductory programming course run in synchronous hybrid mode during COVID-19 pandemic. This was a qualitative study where students were interviewed about study motivation, effects of the pandemic, and differences between studying before and during the pandemic. Data collected was analyzed using data-driven theory-based content analysis. Students found it important to have a sense of belonging to the course, peers, and teacher to stay motivated. Hybrid mode was seen to be problematic in terms of communication, collaboration, and connectedness. Pandemic caused time allocation issues, challenges in collaboration due to safety measures, and a general worry. It seemed imperative for students' self-efficacy to know other students had similar challenges, too. Some students formed micro-communities which proved to be a great form of collaboration, especially during a time when the number of close connections was limited. Educators should put effort into giving feedback, help, and encouragement to students, especially in difficult subjects during challenging times. Somewhat comforting is, that if a student's motivation is strong enough, not even a pandemic can affect that.

Keywords: COVID-19; pandemics; epidemics; study; students; teaching and instruction; distance teaching; learning; motivation (mental objects); study motivation; challenges; experiences (knowledge)

Free keywords: hybridi-malli

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