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Student Research Guide: Online Education: Home

by Paige Pelletier

Introduction to the Topic

Online education has now been a highly recommended option for education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While a great alternative for students and staff alike to avoid contracting the virus and spreading it, there is a few questions that come to mind. Is it providing a quality education? How is it affecting student mental health? Online schooling may be affecting students in a heavily negative way, despite all the positive benefits of online schooling.

Keywords for searching the topic

"Online schooling" and inequity

"Online schooling" and mental health

Online education and student mental health

COVID-19 and education

"Online schooling" and flexibility

Online education and satisfaction/satisfactory

Best Databases/Search Engines

Academic Search Complete and Proquest were useful for finding studies on online education and how online schooling may affect a student. Biomedical Reference Center helped me take a dive into the mental health side of things.

Start Your Research Here

Distance learning. (2021). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from https://academic-eb-com.ezproxy.library.skagit.edu/levels/collegiate/article/distance-learning/443644
This article provides simple background information, as well as some different terms for online education. It also contains the characteristics of online education, and the early history of distance learning which goes back to the first half of the 20th century. 

Tablets vs. Textbooks - Pros & Cons - ProCon.org. (2020, June 9). Tablets vs. Textbooks. https://tablets-textbooks.procon.org/
This source helped me gather ideas of why online schooling is good for students and some issues it has. It was a good place for me to begin my research and gave me some good pointers.

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