Abstract—COVID-19 has brought a drastic change in the
educational system as many universities in the world were
obliged to move from face-to-face interaction to online learning
as a preventive measure against the spread of the disease
infection. This study aimed to explore the thoughts and opinions
of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students
(BSIT) on the new normal virtual learning using NVivo
software to facilitate the process of defining and analyzing the
themes and to determine the common difficulties experienced
by the students in the new learning set up. The study used a
qualitative design. 150 BSIT students served as the respondents.
The data gathered were processed in the NVivo software to get
important verbalizations and describe what was common
among the students’ opinions. The derived meaning or
statements were formulated and categorized into codes and
themes. There were five themes derived such as learning is hard
due to limited or poor internet connectivity; in this time of the
pandemic, gadgets are the teachers; money is most needed to
buy prepaid load for phones; learning is harder because of lack
of tools like a laptop, and; problems in the module requirements
are high. With the Students’ Perspective on New Normal
Virtual Learning, with its pros and cons, online classes must not
prevent students from getting the education they need and
deserve even amid the pandemic. Hence, it is advised that
virtual learning should be planned, implemented, and evaluated
to lessen the problems thus, achieve better learning objectives
for each course.
Index Terms—COVID 19 pandemic, Nvivo software, student’s opinions, virtual learning.
Janelyn A. Talingdan is with the Information Technology Department of the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology, Philippines.
Candylyn A. Alunday is with the Languages and Social Sciences Department of the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology, Philippines.
Cite: Janelyn A. Talingdan* and Candylyn A. Alunday, "Students’ Perspective on the New Normal Virtual Learning," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 392-398, 2023.Copyright © 2023 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).