Latest Canadian Digital Learning Report Shows Lessons Institutions Have Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic
— Dr. Nicole Johnson
OAKLAND, California, USA, June 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bay view analysis is pleased to have partnered with the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association / Association canadienne de recherche sur la formation en ligne (CDLRA/ACRFL) on their latest national report, “Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.” This year’s report explores the profound and lasting impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on post-secondary education in Canada.
“The pandemic has brought online and digital learning issues to the forefront of institutional conversations,” noted Dr. Nicole Johnson, Executive Director of CDLRA/ACRFL. “The landscape of post-secondary education in Canada is changing and most institutions have no intention of returning to their pre-pandemic habits. The likely shift towards greater online and hybrid offerings enables in-depth explorations of teaching and assessment practices to develop flexible, accessible and quality educational experiences for the future, regardless of delivery mode. . »
Findings from the 2021 national survey highlight a number of lessons learned; among them:
• Faculty and students have different preferences for teaching and learning, whether fully in-person, fully remote, or somewhere in between; multiple modes of course delivery are required.
• While flexible course delivery can promote accessibility, the pandemic has made it clear that while online learning breaks down barriers for some students, it creates barriers for others.
• Student feedback indicates that the greatest demand is for various forms of blended learning, where there is a mix of online and in-person learning.
• Faculty and students need support as new practices for integrating educational technologies and digital resources emerge.
• Online course evaluation has been a difficult and contentious issue throughout the pandemic.
These results are based on data collected in multiple waves in the spring and fall of 2021 and provide a representative sample of colleges and universities in all provinces and all sizes of publicly funded Canadian post-secondary institutions.
The full report, in English and French, is available on the CDLRA/ACRFL website at: http://www.cdlra-acrfl.ca/publications/
The CDLRA/ACRFL, launched in 2017, organizes the only pan-Canadian exam on online and digital learning in Canada. Bay View Analytics has been a vital part of this project from the start, designing and administering surveys, performing analytics and writing reports.
About the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association / Association canadienne de recherche sur la formation en ligne (CDLRA/ACRFL)
The CDLRA/ACRFL is Canada’s leading research organization for tracking the development of online and digital learning in public post-secondary institutions. A not-for-profit corporation, the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association (CDLRA) conducts applied research to advance knowledge of digital learning strategies, policies and practices in close collaboration with Canadian post-secondary institutions and affiliated organizations.
About Bay View Analytics
Bay View Analytics is a statistical research company specializing in the design, implementation and analysis of surveys. Formerly known as Babson Survey Research Group, Bay View Analytics’ consulting scope includes scientific statistical analysis, clinical trial statistics and survey designs for a range of topics, with a particular focus on online education. Bay View Analytics has been researching and publishing annual reports on the state of online education in American higher education for thirteen years. Visit www.bayviewanalytics.com for more information or contact us at [email protected]