Digital Traffic Flow in Undergraduate Engineering Course Sites Before and During Covid-19


In this work the author examines how the digital traffic flow has changed during the past 10 years in undergraduate Engineering course sites, relating to both lec-turer announcements and student's queries. The assumption is that students in 1st and 2nd year tend to ask more questions than students in their 3rd or 4th year and that the plague led both lecturer and students to use more of the site Q&A section due to less actual meetings in the campus. The total number of teaching hours did not change (24 per year), students' number did not vary much and was in the range 120-160 per semester. Distant learning, mainly in 2020, caused an increase in digital communication between students and lecturers, but by just how much and was it uniform for all types of courses? And what other events may cause an increase in digital traffic? The research indicates that students taking an evening course usually use the digital channel more than the morning students. The results also indicated how turning to distant learning during the peak of the COVID-19 plague also increased dramatically the use of the website. The conclusion is that in courses where the students do not have many opportunities to meet the lecturers in person, the course site will be the most common way of communications and thus it must be as accessible as possible

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Eran Gur, Azrieli College of Engineering, Israel

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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