Students’ preference analysis on online learning attributes in industrial engineering education during the covid-19 pandemic: A conjoint analysis approach for sustainable industrial engineers

Ardvin Kester S. Ong, Yogi Tri Prasetyo*, Michael Nayat Young, John Francis T. Diaz, Thanatorn Chuenyindee, Poonyawat Kusonwattana, Nattakit Yuduang, Reny Nadlifatin, Anak Agung Ngurah Perwira Redi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The decline of enrollees for industrial engineering during the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing demand for professional industrial engineers should be explored. The purpose of this study was to determine the preference of industrial engineering students of different educational levels on online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, this study utilized conjoint analysis with orthogonal design considering seven attributes: delivery type, layout, term style, final requirements, Coursera requirements, seatwork and practice sets, and platforms. Among the attributes, 20 stimuli were created through SPSS and were answered voluntarily by 126 respondents utilizing a 7-point Likert Scale. The respondents were comprised of 79 undergraduate, 30 fully online master’s degree, and 17 master’s and doctorate degree students collected through purposive sampling. One university from the two available universities that offer all educational levels of IE in the Philippines was considered. The results showed that undergraduate students considered the final requirements with multiple-choice as the highest preference, followed by non-modular term style, and no seatwork and practice sets. In addition, fully online master’s degree students considered delivery type with the mix as the highest preference, followed by layout, and no seatwork and practice sets. Finally, master’s and doctorate degree students considered final requirements with publication as the highest preference, followed by no seatwork and practice sets, and mix delivery type. The students are technologically inclined, want to learn at their own pace, know where and how to get additional online learning materials, but still need the guidance of teachers/professors. The results would help contribute to the theoretical foundation for further students’ preference segmentation, specifically on online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Moreover, the design created could be utilized for other courses in measuring students’ preference for online learning even after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8339
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Conjoint analysis
  • Industrial engineer
  • Online learning
  • Student’s preference

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