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RUNNING HEAD: EFFECTS OF ONLINE LEARNING1The Effects of Online Learning on Mental Health and Academic Success Among CollegeAged StudentsSeneca StrachanHealth Science, Brigham Young University- IdahoHS 391: Research MethodsCecile Pryor11/25/2020
RUNNING HEAD: EFFECTS OF ONLINE LEARNING2AbstractOnline learning has become a prevalent mode of higher education throughout the world,and has increased significantly in 2020, since the Covid-19 pandemic commenced. For thisresearch, we hypothesized that online learning negatively effects mental health and academicperformance among college aged students. We surveyed a modest sample of students whocurrently attend Brigham Young University – Idaho about their mental health and academicsuccess after taking online and campus classes. We discovered that 66.7% of campus studentsexperienced less stress and anxiety while attending their classes whereas 24.5% of onlinestudents said they experienced less stress and anxiety. There was a correlation made however wewere not able to prove our hypothesis. Nonetheless, we saw a significant effect that onlineclasses have on academic performance. Of the students taking campus course, 44% felt like they“Always” received support from their teachers whereas only 14% of online students said theywere “Always” supported.
RUNNING HEAD: EFFECTS OF ONLINE LEARNING3The Effects of Online Learning on Mental Health and Academic Success Among CollegeAged StudentsIn the 21stcentury we have seen an exponential increase at a technological front,especially in the lives of college students. In 1998, Phoenix University became the first school tooffer students bachelor and master degree programs completely online (Writers, 2020). Fastforward to 2013-2014 there were a total of 478 virtual schools throughout the US, which do notinclude institutions that offer on-campus classes or both on-campus and online learning(Common Core of Data (CCD) 2014). In 2012 alone, there were 20.6 million college agesstudents in the United States, and of those students one third (6.7 million) were enrolled in onlineclasses (Kentnor, 2015). In this year 2020 there has been an even greater increase in the numberof students who have switched from face-to-face learning in the traditional classroom setting,and instead study and learn from the comfort of their own homes because of the Covid-19pandemic. Since the effects of this pandemic, many educational institutions throughout theUnited States have also had to transition their student’s way of learning. Zoom users alone havebeen multiplied by 20, increasing from 10 million to 200 million users since the first quarter of2020 (Villaumbrosia, 2020).Along with the increase of online learning there has also been a rise in mental healthillnesses among college aged students (Technology and College Student Mental Health:Challenges and Opportunities.2019). For many, college is a time in life that can be very excitingand full of new and positive experience. However, for others college is a time full of stress and

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