Student eLearning Readiness: Three Years of Survey Results and Next Steps
Concurrent Session 1
This presentation will review the processes and results of ongoing surveys to measure student attitudes toward eLearning. The surveys assess the needs and expectations of students regarding educational technology. As part of the process to identify and bridge gaps in eLearning, researchers also conducted focus groups with students and faculty.
Since 2012, our institution has administered a bi-annual student survey to identify the aspects of online learning that students find to be the most useful in terms of classroom engagement and overall quality of instruction and learning. These surveys help to understand preferences and opinions regarding eLearning and educational technology within the classroom in traditional, blended, and online programs. The insights gleaned from the gathered survey responses have helped to establish a solid baseline of online learning attitudes which have contributed to our institutional efforts to improve our course instruction and delivery methods.
Through the administration of multiple surveys across several years and cohorts, we have been able to identify trends in how students adopt certain technologies and devices as well as assess their overall attitudes toward online learning and technology as educational assets. As a follow-up to the student surveys, we have also conducted several asynchronous/virtual student focus groups in order to gain further insight and interpretation of the survey result data. The data from the surveys and focus groups have been used to refine our institutional eLearning strategies and instructional technology road map.
It is our belief that by conducting primary research on the topic of student attitudes toward online learning and technology, we will be able to better address common issues regarding attrition rates, student satisfaction, achievement, learning, and student engagement.
Participants of this session will benifit from the following outcomes:
- Understand our process of acquiring quantitative and qualitative data on student attitudes regarding online learning
- Compare and discuss the resulting eLearning attitudes data and trends acquired over five years of student surveys, focus groups, and research
- Deliberate on industry movement and next steps in online learning and educational technology
- Understand how to use student attitudes to drive institutional innovation
- Apply or consider these findings for prospective research or eLearning initiatives within their own institutions