Because COVID-19 is such a new topic, we wanted to study how the virus impacted students' education by forcing students to learn via an online learning environment and how the change in learning environments affected students' anxiety levels. We chose to create a study where participants completed a survey that asked them to recall their thoughts and feelings from six months ago about taking online courses during the Spring 2020 semester. Most students were sent home for the last two months of the Spring 2020 semester. In the same survey, participants stated their thoughts and feelings about taking online courses during the Fall 2020 semester. Most students were able to return to campus/near the campus for the Fall 2020 semester, while still taking online courses. Based on previous research findings, we hypothesized that students who completed online courses at home during the Spring 2020 semester would have higher levels of anxiety than students who completed courses on campus during the Fall 2020 semester.
Copeland, Nicole and Gayles, Italy, "The Effects of Different Living Environments on Anxiety during COVID-19" (2020). Fall Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 96.