Student Outcomes Related to Academic Performance, Motivation, and Mental Health in an Online Materials and Energy Balances Course During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This study evaluates students’ outcomes in an online materials and energy balances course during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using multiple linear regression, we found that students’ competence and autonomy beliefs decreased across the semester, with a negative change in competence beliefs predicting higher grades for students, especially women. Also, we used path analysis to model the relationship between psychological distress, motivation, and final grades. These results give insight into how to support students during difficult circumstances.