The pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19 brought an unprecedented change to the life of people all over the world, including students and pedagogical staff. Following the safety protocols, educational institutions, including University of Warsaw, were advised to switch to remote learning. This occurrence offered a unique possibility to evaluate the outcomes of the very same academic courses carried out virtually and traditionally. The purpose of the present study was therefore to assess the progress in Italian language competences by comparing the results of final exams in the academic year 2018/2019 (in-class lessons) and in 2020/21 (online classes), by examining impressions on students’ performance of the very lecturers who taught in remote mode, by investigating students’ view on their experience with e-learning, and by measuring emotions connected to computer-mediated education. The research methods included secondary data analysis, desk research, online survey, Zoom interviews, (online) participant observation, and sentiment analysis. The findings of the study may be useful to project the optimisation of curricula, to outline cost-reducing strategies for educational institutions, and to formulate helpful self-study recommendations for students.
Feb 14, 2023