The impact of Covid-19 on student mental health and online learning experience

Faiz Hayat, Ella Haig, Safwan Shatnawi

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of human life in the contemporary world. Consequently, university students have to adjust to radically change learning environments. Moreover, the movement restrictions from the government-imposed lockdowns negatively affected students’ mental health due to mental issues such as stress, frustration, and depression. The pandemic has caused considerable changes in our daily lives. These reasons are why the virus has hurt individuals’ mental health, especially students who had to cope with changes in the education system and even the loss of loved ones. The ambiguity resulting from the pandemic has yet to be fully covered, particularly the students’ well-being and the new learning landscape that they are anticipated to navigate seamlessly without their usual support systems. Covid-19 did disrupt the normal and put us all in numerous stressful circumstances’ and forced us to have to face overwhelming difficulties at a time. Covid-19 lockdown and pandemic did bring about a sense of anxiety and fear around the world. The spectacle has led to students’ long-term and short-term mental health and psychological implications. The paper presents research showing that most students were not prepared for this change, and that indeed they were affected mentally by remote learning. Additionally, the effect of prolonged pandemic fatigue and lockdown on university scholars and academic experiences is unclear. This paper reviews articles about mental health aspects of students and online learning experiences impacted by Covid-19 and provides a roadmap for an ongoing research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DCAI 2022
Subtitle of host publicationDistributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Special Sessions, 19th International Conference
EditorsJosé Manuel Machado, Pablo Chamoso, Guillermo Hernández, Grzegorz Bocewicz, Roussanka Loukanova, Estaban Jove, Angel Martin del Rey, Michela Ricca
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783031232107
ISBN (Print)9783031232091
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2023
EventDistributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Special Sessions, 19th International Conference - L'Aquila, Italy
Duration: 13 Jul 202215 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


ConferenceDistributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Special Sessions, 19th International Conference
Abbreviated titleDCAI 2022


  • COVID-19
  • mental health
  • remote learning
  • pandemic
  • lockdown

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