Adaptation, online learning, students’ behavior, students’ communication style, sudden change.


Education stakeholders in Indonesia have made rapid adjustments due to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak that demanded social distancing to avoid it. Yayasan Pendidikan Budi Utomo Makassar also issued a policy that changed the learning methods from offline to online. The current research was aimed to find out the behaviors of students facing this sudden policy. It was conducted with a qualitative approach. Data were collected from observations of several Yayasan Pendidikan Budi Utomo Makassar’s students. The results showed that students obeyed the policy. Some of them learned and did the tasks as expected, but some others skipped the lessons, postponed doing assignments, and complained through the online communication media that had been provided.

Author Biography

Darman Fauzan Dhahir, Balai Besar Pengembangan SDM dan Penelitian Komunikasi dan Informatika Makassar

Darman Fauzan Dhahir is a researcher at the Research and Development of Human Resources of Ministry of Communications and Informatics of Indonesia. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from STIE Budi Utomo Manado and a master’s degree in Communication Science from the University of Hasanuddin in Makassar, Indonesia. His current field placement is with the BBPSDMP Kominfo (Center for human resources development and research of communication and informatics ) Makassar. He is interested in applied communication e.g. journalism, public relation, library, education, development, environment, health, faith, religion, media law, business, and linguistic.


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How to Cite

Dhahir, D. F. (2020). A QUALITATIVE STUDY ON STUDENTS BEHAVIOR TOWARD SUDDEN ONLINE LEARNING POLICY. Journal of Information Technology and Its Utilization, 3(1), 18–23. https://doi.org/10.30818/jitu.3.1.3111