July 8, 2020
The conventional wisdom holds that most students and instructors alike were deeply dissatisfied with their experiences with emergency remote learning this spring. Numerous surveys of students and parents have said as much, and many college leaders seem to be taking those attitudes to heart in their planning for fall. In announcing that they will return as much as possible to in-person instruction, more than a few have cited dissatisfaction with virtual learning as a factor, along with significant financial and cultural reasons.
As is often the case, though, a more thorough and nuanced look tells a somewhat different story.
Two new studies out today add to our understanding of how students and professors viewed their experiences with remote learning last spring after colleges were forced to close their campuses in response to COVID-19.