Covid-19 Go Away 2021 (C-19GA21)
A Google Form was floated via social media platforms to collect data from teachers from 28 March 2021 to 28 April 2021. These teachers had been teaching online for the past one year during Covid-19. Another Google Form was similarly floated via social media platforms to collect data from students from 4 April 2021 to 26 April 2021. These students had been attending online classes for the past one year during Covid-19. The surveys were responded to by 709 students and 420 teachers across various states of India from a variety of institutes and belonging to various age groups. After removing records of individuals who did not wish to participate, 51 attributes from each of the 572 students and 64 attributes from each of the 390 teachers were obtained and anonymized to obtain the novel dataset “Covid-19 Go Away 2021” abbreviated as “C-19GA21”. C-19GA21 responses depict changes in emotional, behavioral, social, and cognitive aspects, attitudes towards Covid-19, and mental health measurements of its participants. The data collected includes the following: Email Address, informed consent, attention check question, basic Information like age, gender, nationality, state/ union territory, nature of institute, age group of participant, subjects taught/learnt. Information related to connectivity or access to Internet, availability of a device for online teaching/learning. Facilities provided by the institution such as E-books, ergonomic furniture, data packs for internet, software resources, hardware resources (laptop, tablet, webcam, etc), technological or IT support, training/ FDP/ workshops/ webinars, MOOCs, etc. Queries related to teaching-learning activities such as average number of hours spent on screen per day, platforms used, method of communication, average attendance in online classes, how these numbers compare to the attendance in the previous semester, reasons for increase/decrease in attendance, percentage of students actively participating in online classes, reasons why students do not participate actively, major obstacles encountered, pedagogy adopted, areas in which students/ teachers would require more assistance, attitude towards online/ open book assessments, etc. Another set of queries focused on emotional and behavioral aspects like - feeling at the end of an average day after classes are finished, social interaction, day-to-day routine, predominant emotional responses during the pandemic period, issues related to online classes causing distress. Participants’ views vis-a-vis the role of social media during the Pandemic, the extent of trust in content on social media groups, what in classroom teaching cannot be substituted by online teaching, how the pandemic has changed them as a person, ways the pandemic has changed their thinking process and in the end their message to the World after a year of Pandemic!
Steps to reproduce
A survey was created using Google Forms and was floated via social media among students across India. The volunteers were asked to further circulate the survey to their peers who may be willing to participate in the study.