Still Open During the Covid-19 Lockdown: An Analysis of Online Students’ Engagement with the Virtual Campus

Julià Minguillón
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Julio Meneses
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Anna Calvo
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Jordi Serres
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Xavi Aracil
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya


The global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent mandatory lockdown made university students spend more time at home, changing their daily habits including studying, as a consequence of the forced self-confinement. In this article we describe the changes observed in the connection patterns to the institutional learning management system of the students enrolled in a Spanish online university during the lockdown. Our results show that the students were more likely to connect to the virtual campus, they did so more evenly over the days of the week, and more concentrated in a few hours in the central part of the days. Interestingly, the changes in students’ connection patterns were not associated with their socio-demographic characteristics, although they were affected by their academic trajectory and their academic enrolment.

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