The impact of COVID-19 Epidemic on Teaching and Learning

Leon J.M. Rothkrantz*

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Recently articles in Newspapers, University News Bulletins and Scientific Literature report about negative aspects of the wellbeing of students caused by COVID-19 epidemic. Half of the students have mental problems and don't participate in the teaching learning process anymore. In the Netherlands, Universities are surveyed by questionnaires, researching the mental health problems of students. In this paper we focus on students of Delft University of Technology. It proved from surveys, that many students complain about loneliness, fear, sleep deprivation and lack of study motivation. In this paper we report about experiments at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, how students can be activated, motivated and socialized via study activities presented at the website of one of the Study Societies and via study-buddy groups. Students were personally invited to take part in discussions via a Forum, to enroll in group activities and to visit special lectures. A special COVID-19 didactics has been developed to stimulate students to make assignments in Calculus and Programing via Massive Open Online Courses developed in the framework EdX, an online learning destination and MOOC provider.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Systems and Technologies - 23rd International Conference, CompSysTech 2022 - Proceedings
EditorsTzvetomir Vassilev, Roumen Trifonov
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9644-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event23rd International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies, CompSysTech 2022 - Ruse, Bulgaria
Duration: 17 Jun 202218 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference23rd International Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies, CompSysTech 2022


  • buddy learning
  • COVID-19
  • inquiry-based learning
  • MOOCs
  • WHO-5 well-being index


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