A survey conducted by Bay View Analytics, in partnership with Cengage, explored U.S. higher education’s response to COVID-19 as well as the industry’s immediate priorities in the wake of the pandemic. More than 800 U.S. higher education faculty members and administrators from over 600 institutions were polled for the survey.
The data revealed that a wide majority of instructors had little to no experience teaching online before the crisis, and the shift prompted them to rely on new teaching methods and adjust their expectations of their students.
Some key findings:
- 97 percent of institutions reported using faculty with no prior online teaching experience for some of their courses.
- 63 percent of instructors changed the kinds of assignments or exams they asked their students to complete.
- 49 percent of administrators believe shared emergency plans from other institutions would be helpful.