International Symposium on Business, Economics, and education ISBE 2021, Ankara, Turkey, 7 - 08 April 2021, pp.485-498
The aim of this study is to identify changes in the daily activities, attitudes and behaviors of undergraduate students attending at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University in the isolation process of the Covid-19 pandemic in our country, as well as revealing their thoughts about online education, which is an education model that the majority have not experienced before. 573 students participated in the study in which the exploratory research model was applied. In the study, first of all descriptive statistics were obtained with descriptive analyzes on the answers given by the students to the variables. Then, live connections were made on the internet at different times with approximately 10 students and their opinions about the expressions in the questionnaire were examined. As a result of the research, it was determined that the students spent the most personal care and hygiene, as well as home hygiene, in their activities including daily life routines during the Covid-19 isolation process. During the Covid-19 pandemic isolation process, the highest increase in changes in students' attitudes and behaviors was observed in interest in initiatives for aid and in disputes and discussions at home. When the students' perceptions of online education were examined, it was concluded that online education reduced their motivation to follow the lesson and to listen.
It has been concluded that university students, who were born into the digital world, become more dependent on the virtual world during the pandemic isolation process and pay more attention to their hygiene. It is thought that this study contributes to the literature by revealing the defense mechanism developed by young people in extraordinary situations by taking shelter in hygiene to protect their physical health and in the virtual world to protect their psychological health. In addition, it was determined that online education, which was tried for the first time on such a large scale, reduces students' motivation to follow lessons and their perception of deep content, and therefore, online education cannot be an alternative to face-to-face education yet, is another contribution of this study.