As many institutions are adjusting to the realities of education during a pandemic, many courses previously taught face-to-face have being moved to a virtual learning environment. Instructors and learners alike are transitioning to an unfamiliar environment, with many wishing for more experience or support to do so. This transition has raised justifiable concerns about the quality of teaching and learning – but what might the data tell us about the real differences between online and face-to-face instruction?
A recent analysis of course evaluation survey results (comprised of 48,000 learners at 130 higher education institutions using the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction instrument between January 2018 – March 2020) compared responses between courses taught online and those taught in-person. Three findings stood out for further discussion:
• Teamwork: Students in online courses reported lower average ratings of the teaching method of “forming teams or groups to facilitate learning” as well as the learning outcome of “acquiring skills in working with others as a member of a team.”
• Faculty-Student Interaction: Students in online courses reported lower average ratings of the teaching method of “encouraging student-faculty interaction outside of class”.
• Cultural Competence: Students in online courses reported higher average ratings of the teaching method of “asked students to share ideas and experiences with others whose backgrounds and viewpoints differ from their own” as well as the learning outcome of “developing knowledge and understanding of diverse perspectives, global awareness, or other cultures”
Our panel series will bring together academic experts to discuss the implications of these findings for instructors, sharing practical tips for instructors and administrators adjusting to a virtual classroom environment:
Faculty-Student Interaction Outside of Class, featuring Dr. Melita Pope-Mitchell and Dr. Andrea Shokker (Watch Here)
Teamwork, featuring Dr. Sarah Leupen and Dr. Stephanie Smith-Budhai: Monday October 19 at 3 pm ET (Register now)
Cultural Competence, featuring Dr. Amanda Assalone and Dr. Melvin Herring: Thursday October 29 at 1 pm ET (Register now)
To learn more about these results, as well as the upcoming panel series, listen to our 15-minute preview recording by filling out the form on the right.