The Effect of E-Learning on Students’ Learning at the Varsity Level


The COVID-19 pandemic has spread worldwide, including Indonesia. The Indonesian government recommends all citizens to stay at home and to work and study from home. Therefore, most universities have implemented e-learning in their teaching and learning process. This research focused on the effect of e-learning on students’ interest and learning at the varsity level. Quantitative research methods were used. The data were collected from 176 students from two private universities in Medan, Sumatera Utara. The findings were that e-learning enabled the students to access the global world and distribute learning materials through WhatsApp. Assignments were marked promptly and e-learning helped students to set their own schedule. E-learning motivated the students to do their own work without others’ help, but the students did not agree that e-learning enhanced the quality of the teaching-learning process.

Keywords: E-learning, teaching learning process, Varsity level, COVID-19

[1] Alismail, H. A. (2015). 21st Century Standards and Curriculum: Current Research and Practice. Journal of Education and Practice, vol.6, issue 6, pp. 150-154.

[2] Anshari, M., Alas, Y. and Guan, L. S. (2016). Developing Online Learning Resources: Big Data, Social Networks, and Cloud Computing to Support Pervasive Knowledge. Education and Information Technologies, vol. 21, issue 6, pp. 1663-1677

[3] Arkorful, V. and Abaidoo, N. G. (2015). The Role of E-Learning, Advantages and Disadvantages of its Adoption in Higher Education. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, vol. 36, pp. 217-235.

[4] Ary, D. (2010). Introduction to Research in Education. Cencage Learning. United States

[5] Clark, R. and Mayer, R. E. (2016). E-learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning. John Wiley and Sonc Journal, vol. 90, pp. 312–320

[6] Hogan, R. L. and McKnight, M. A. (2007). Exploring Burnout among University Online Instructors: An Initial Investigation. The Internet and Higher Education, vol. 20, pp. 117–124.