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A look at the study: enough help from online teachers?


Posted on Jan 27, 2014

In the last post, we discussed the importance of student preferences and needs in online learning environments, specifically in relation to students receiving the help they need. In short, we were hoping to answer the following question: Do students think they are receiving enough help from their online teachers? In this post, we will further discuss how we collected data, as well as some initial findings.

First, the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities (COLSD) developed an online questionnaire, which included 28 items related to students’ involvement with and experiences in online learning. Then, we contacted a representative from a state department of education, who sent the questionnaire to administrators, who, in turn, sent it to their students. Most of the students who completed the questionnaire were high school students, and overall, indicated they enjoyed online learning.

When asked how much help they were receiving from their online teachers in the core classes of math, English, history, and science, most students indicated they were receiving “enough” help. However, about 1 in 10 felt as though they were not getting enough help in these classes. This is an interesting finding, and prompts additional questions about these students and their needs. In the next and final post, we will further discuss this finding, as well as future implications for research.

Danna Harvey is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology and works as a research assistant at the Center on Online Learning.

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    1. John Lutz     March 18, 2014  4:27 pm Reply

      Looking forward to reading more about the study. My guess is that at least 1 in 10 students at brick and mortar schools feel as though they are not receiving enough help.