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GIS Distance Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Students’ Perception)

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Department of Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, 94901 Nitra, Slovakia
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Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, 94901 Nitra, Slovakia
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Department of School Education, Faculty of Humanities, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Štefánikova 5670, 76001 Zlín, Czech Republic
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Department of Mathematical Methods and Operations Research, Faculty of Management Science and Informatics, University of Žilina, Univerzitná 1, 01001 Žilina, Slovakia
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Department of Geography and Geology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Tajovského 40, 97401 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
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Academic Editors: Francisco Javier Hinojo Lucena, Juan Manuel Trujillo Torres, Antonio José Moreno Guerrero and Carmen Rodríguez Jiménez
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4484; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084484
Received: 17 March 2021 / Revised: 13 April 2021 / Accepted: 13 April 2021 / Published: 16 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Assessment in the Education System in the Age of COVID-19)
The paper deals with distance learning of geographic information systems (GIS) at the Department of Geography and Regional Development FNS CPU in Nitra using various educational materials and the JitsiMeet application during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students of bachelor study had GIS lessons in face-to-face instruction in a computer room for half of a semester. In the middle of the semester, the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Slovakia and the face-to-face instruction had to be reoriented to the distance form of learning. The first month of distance learning took place with the help of textbooks and video tutorials, which were sent to students. The task of the students that month was to study a new subject, then students were sent a questionnaire where they had to express their opinion on learning GIS using video tutorials and textbooks, but also indicate whether they had facilities for online learning (PC, audio and video outputs, Internet) as well as to express their views and experiences with online learning as such. Although after evaluating the questionnaire, up to 71% of students answered that they had learned a new subject from the video tutorials and 57% also from GIS textbooks, several percent of students were still unfit for this form of learning. That is why we went to lessons with the free JitsyMeet app, which allows for video conferencing, screen sharing, chat, and more. The aim of the paper is to point out the perception of distance GIS learning by university students during the COVID-19 pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: distance learning; GIS; JitsiMeet; COVID-19 pandemic; higher education distance learning; GIS; JitsiMeet; COVID-19 pandemic; higher education
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Vojteková, J.; Tirpáková, A.; Gonda, D.; Žoncová, M.; Vojtek, M. GIS Distance Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Students’ Perception). Sustainability 2021, 13, 4484. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084484

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Vojteková J, Tirpáková A, Gonda D, Žoncová M, Vojtek M. GIS Distance Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Students’ Perception). Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4484. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084484

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Vojteková, Jana, Anna Tirpáková, Dalibor Gonda, Michaela Žoncová, and Matej Vojtek. 2021. "GIS Distance Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Students’ Perception)" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4484. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084484

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