During the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition to online learning revealed an interesting change in academic performance. Research shows that attractive female students, who were previously found to receive higher grades, experienced a leveling of this advantage when classes moved to a virtual format.
This finding suggests that biases based on physical appearance may have played a role in grading before the pandemic. The online learning environment, which often involves less face-to-face interaction, may have reduced the impact of attractiveness on academic evaluations. This highlights the importance of addressing appearance-based biases in educational settings to ensure fair and equitable assessment for all students.