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Online Education Survey Project Description

Posted on Sep 2, 2014


Between September 2012 and January 2014, the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities (COLSD) conducted nationwide surveys with four groups:

1. District Administrators who support Teachers who work with Students with Disabilities,
2. Teachers who work with Students with Disabilities,
3. Parents of Students with Disabilities, and
4. Students with Disabilities.

In general each of these surveys was designed to find information regarding: 1) demographics; 2) instruction and assessment; 3) support needed and provided; and 4) satisfaction.

The surveys were conducted through Qualtrics, a Web-based survey tool. Due to the numerous branching and skip logic steps used in these surveys, the best access to them is through a Word document. However for the same reasons, the Word version of the surveys is quite long, particularly for the parent survey because it was provided in both English and Spanish. Both the Word versions and the Web versions can be accessed below.

In September 2012 and again in 2013, COLSD also surveyed State Directors of Special Education throughout the nation regarding: 1) their states’ guidance; 2) disability categories represented in online learning; 3) related services provided online; 4) assurance of privacy, accommodations, a range of digital content, and the probability of student online success; and 5) perception of the importance of promising practices for this population in online settings. This survey, distributed by a privately owned Web-based tool, has been closed and is no longer accessible through the Web. This final survey can be accessed as a Word document here.

Survey Links (.docx)

District Administrator




State Director of Special Education