The Impact of the Covid-19 Disruption on Higher Education in Zambia: A Study of Student's Perspectives of Distance Education

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Gift Muyunda, Cao Zongqing

Abstract

In response to the emergency educational of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Education in Zambia declared the closure of schools and shifted to distance learning as an effective and alternative way of learning. This study aimed to examine university students' perspectives of distance learning in Zambia. The study results show that students lessly frequently engaged in their study-related learning activities (e.g.., joining live broadcasts of class sessions) having the highest negative impact and social activities (e.g., accessing mail for study purposes) the lowest. This study is the first step towards enhancing our
understanding of the engagement of distance learning in developing countries like Zambia, but also campusbased students in emergency distance learning, in online learning activities during the Covid-19 pandemic, and other similar disruptions in Africa.

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