Presented by: Dr. Emma Blackthorne, Sr. Dean of Research, and Dr. Joanna Miller, Dean of Distance Education both at Contra Costa Community College District, discuss research through student surveys and interviews on the pivot in attitudes toward online education.
Soon after thousands of faculty and students were flung into unfamiliar online learning environments in Spring 2020, surveys polling several thousand students conducted by the 4CD Research Department unsurprisingly showed that students hated online classes. They were disgruntled with their faculty, and felt isolated from their peers, and unengaged with the content. A year later, additional research showed students were warming up as their perceptions improved and faculty practices adjusted after training and a little more experience. In Spring 2022, two years after the big upheaval, 4CD research shows students now prefer online, with some even considering themselves online students.
What happened in between that brought about this pivot, and what are the best guesses for the future in terms of student demands and institutional response? Dr. Blackthorne presents the research detail and analysis, while Dr. Miller fills in with recorded student video clips, faculty opinions, and administrative projections.