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Changes in Core Competencies among Korean University Students Due to Remote Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7476; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147476
Received: 17 June 2021 / Revised: 7 July 2021 / Accepted: 13 July 2021 / Published: 13 July 2021
This study aimed to determine the academic performance and learning skills of students who studied through remote teaching methods during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It was conducted in February 2021 with 398 university students in South Korea. Data were collected through online surveys. Generalized estimating equations (GEEs) with an autoregressive correlation structure were employed to distinguish differences in core competencies, academic performance, satisfaction, and usefulness of teaching methods before 2019 and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings revealed that the overall core competencies of participants were significantly lower in 2020 than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, knowledge construction, responsibility practice, and socialization were significantly low during the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas information management and identity value did not show a significant difference. However, problem-solving was higher during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enhancing the core competencies of university students is integral in the new learning environment of the post-COVID-19 era. It is necessary to devise approaches that improve the effectiveness of remote teaching methods and simultaneously augment student satisfaction. View Full-Text
Keywords: core competencies; remote learning; online learning; academic performance; problem solving; university students; South Korea; COVID-19 core competencies; remote learning; online learning; academic performance; problem solving; university students; South Korea; COVID-19
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Jang, S.; Lee, H. Changes in Core Competencies among Korean University Students Due to Remote Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7476. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147476

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Jang S, Lee H. Changes in Core Competencies among Korean University Students Due to Remote Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(14):7476. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147476

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Jang, Sunjoo, and Haeyoung Lee. 2021. "Changes in Core Competencies among Korean University Students Due to Remote Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 14: 7476. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147476

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