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IJIET 2023 Vol.13(5): 772-777
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2023.13.5.1866

Evolution of the Perceived Impact of the Pandemic on University Students

Danielle Morin* and Sara Hossaini

Abstract—The Coronavirus pandemic has taken the world hostage. All aspects of society have been affected, including the education system with the closure of universities and the adoption of abrupt measures to continue offering university programs virtually. Unexpectedly, the difficult situation has continued until at least December 2021. This paper studies the evolution of the perceived impact of the pandemic on students over four semesters, from Winter 2020 to Fall 2021. A survey conducted at the end of each semester captured the evolution of the impact felt by students. Using Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis, per semester, per gender and per age category, the progression of certain sentiments was identified. The study reveals that the professor’s attitude and support was a key element at the beginning of the pandemic and for many, it has been a good learning experience overall. The loss of direct/in person communication has been strongly felt and it got worse as time progresses. The level of negative comments seems to decrease over time for Female students, while for Male students, it tends to increase. Students from different age groups also reacted differently. Students in the most prevalent age group from age 25 to 30 show at first a decline in the proportion of negative comments followed by an increase, while older students from the 30 to 35 age group have a steady decrease of negativity.

Index Terms—Pandemic, online teaching, face-to-face teaching, text mining, sentiment analysis

D. Morin is with John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
S. Hossaini is with Domtar in Montreal, Canada. She is also with Concordia University, Canada.
*Correspondence: Danielle.Morin@Concordia.ca (D.M.)


Cite: Danielle Morin* and Sara Hossaini, "Evolution of the Perceived Impact of the Pandemic on University Students," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 772-777, 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).

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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