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Objective: The current study aimed to examine the effects of the generation group that individuals belonged to, on anxiety with respect to online learning among students and online learning and teaching activities among faculty. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using the Online Course Anxiety Scale in April 2020. The responses were stratified by generations, and SPSS was used for statistical analysis. Results: The response rate was 97.8% and 86.4% for students and faculty, respectively. Only 5.7% of faculty, compared with 54.7% of students, enjoyed browsing internet resources during online learning. Three-fourths of faculty experienced anxiety during online teaching compared with 37.7% of students. Of the faculty, 92.3% of baby boomers felt anxious compared with 70.5% and 76.9% of X and Y generations, respectively. Conclusion: While students of Generations Z and Y enjoyed browsing the internet during online learning, Generation Z students were anxious in online discussion and scared of misinterpretations of their written communication. Faculty anxiety was related to confusion with the use of the internet and computers, and misinterpretations of text-based message.
Keywords: anxiety; online learning; Generation; millennials; Medical education
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