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Sustainability in Higher Education: The Relationship between Work-Life Balance and XR E-Learning Facilities

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Central Research Institute, 030167 Bucharest, Romania
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Faculty of Economic Sciences, Hyperion University, 030615 Bucharest, Romania
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Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, University Business Academy, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
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International Department, Budapest Metropolitan University, 1148 Budapest, Hungary
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Academy of Economic Sciences, 010731 Bucharest, Romania
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Department of Economic Engineering, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Business Engineering and Management, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, 060042 Bucharest, Romania
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Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5872; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145872
Received: 2 June 2020 / Revised: 2 July 2020 / Accepted: 17 July 2020 / Published: 21 July 2020
Nowadays, collaborative learning is proving to offer solutions to new inclusivity research challenges, and most importantly, can help ensure sustainable education. Collaborative learning can strengthen positive attitudes towards learning, improve performance in academic results, and enhance self-esteem, by promoting interaction and mutual support among young people. Extended reality (XR), associated with collaborative learning, offers a further advantage by facilitating deep comprehensive learning. An online survey was conducted to investigate respondents’ views on the impact and influence of virtual technologies on work, study, and social life. Respondents (n = 1032) were recruited from Serbia, Romania, and Hungary, from five public and private universities. The study reveals students’ perceptions of e-learning and XR immersion. The data were analyzed by using a combination of descriptive techniques from PSPP (GNU open source SPSS—Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, Free Software Foundation, Boston, MA, USA), and by designing a regression model to evaluate the work-life balance. This regression model shows that the work-life balance is positively influenced by the inclusion of XR facilities in the e-learning process, along with an increased level of culture and living standard. The higher living standard of a student is associated with higher digital competence and more financial resources available to invest in technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-learning; sustainable education; Virtual Reality (VR); Augmented Reality (AR); Extended Reality (XR); work-life balance e-learning; sustainable education; Virtual Reality (VR); Augmented Reality (AR); Extended Reality (XR); work-life balance
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Bucea-Manea-Țoniş, R.; Bucea-Manea-Țoniş, R.; Simion, V.E.; Ilic, D.; Braicu, C.; Manea, N. Sustainability in Higher Education: The Relationship between Work-Life Balance and XR E-Learning Facilities. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5872. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145872

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Bucea-Manea-Țoniş R, Bucea-Manea-Țoniş R, Simion VE, Ilic D, Braicu C, Manea N. Sustainability in Higher Education: The Relationship between Work-Life Balance and XR E-Learning Facilities. Sustainability. 2020; 12(14):5872. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145872

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Bucea-Manea-Țoniş, Rocsana, Radu Bucea-Manea-Țoniş, Violeta Elena Simion, Dragan Ilic, Cezar Braicu, and Natalia Manea. 2020. "Sustainability in Higher Education: The Relationship between Work-Life Balance and XR E-Learning Facilities" Sustainability 12, no. 14: 5872. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145872

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