How COVID-19 Changed Our Views of Online Learning [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Bailey Hull is a writer at Cengage. She’s passionate about equitable education, cozy soups and improv comedy.


Online learning has become more essential than ever to higher education over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as vaccination rates in the U.S. increase, students, faculty and institutions are all beginning to envision a return to a pre-pandemic “normal”—with some changes. Both students and faculty have had increasingly positive feelings about the future of online education, even in a post-pandemic setting.

Fifty-seven percent of students feel more optimistic about online learning since the beginning of the pandemic, and 73 percent agree or strongly agree that they would like to take at least some of their courses in an online format. For more information, view this infographic about students’ experiences learning online, or read the full press release here.

For faculty, the use of online teaching has jumped by 46 percent. Over half of faculty feel more optimistic about digital learning compared to the beginning of the pandemic. Check out the full infographic about faculty and institutional feedback on the future of digital learning, and read more in the press release.

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