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Survey Results


Posted on Jul 11, 2013

Pieces of paper pointing at a brain.The International Society for Technology in Education (ITSE) held their 34th annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Highlights included exploring gamification from a leadership perspective, workshops on collaborative efforts, ed tech panels, and discussions between education leaders and start-up entrepreneurs. The Center’s own David Rose, Senior Principal Investigator, attended the ITSE conference, and gave a presentation. The presentation introduced Universal Learning Design to the audience, and was focused on learner variability and the imperative for UDL in online learning. There
was a great backchannel during his talk, which can be found here (
scroll down to the tweetsposted on 6/26).

The Center also had a chance to send out a survey to the attendees of the talk, and here are the results. We asked six questions, which were:

  1. How confident are you that online instruction is improving the quality of learning for typically-achieving students?
  2. How confident are you that online instruction is improving the quality of learning for students with disabilities?
  3. Online learning teachers are provided with the training they need to teach effectively online.
  4. Online learning teachers are provided with the training they need to teach students with disabilities effectively online. 
  5. Online learning providers (e.g., Compass Learning, K12 Inc., Apex Learning, etc.) typically take into account research in the learning sciences when they design their instructional technologies.
  6. Online learning providers (e.g., Compass Learning, K12 Inc., Apex Learning, etc.) typically take the needs of students with disabilities into account when they design their instructional technologies.

Available responses for questions 1,2, and 6 included not confident, somewhat confident, moderately confident, mostly confident, and very confident.
Available responses for questions 3,4, and 5 included strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree, strongly agree, and don’t know.

Here are the results:

Question 1: How confident are you that online instruction is improving the quality of learning for typically-achieving students?

  • Not Confident: 12.00%
  • Somewhat Confident: 20.00%
  • Moderately Confident: 20.00%
  • Mostly Confident: 32.00%
  • Very Confident: 16.00%

Question 2: How confident are you that online instruction is improving the quality of learning for students with disabilities?

  • Not Confident: 20.00%
  • Somewhat Confident: 24.00%
  • Moderately Confident: 28.00%
  • Mostly Confident: 20.00%
  • Very Confident: 8.00%

Question 3: Online learning teachers are provided with the training they need to teach effectively online.

  • Strongly Disagree: 8.00%
  • Disagree: 52.00%
  • Neutral: 28.00%
  • Agree: 0.00%
  • Strongly Agree: 4.00%
  • Don’t Know: 8.00%

Question 4: Online learning teachers are provided with the training they need to teach students with disabilities effectively online.

  • Strongly Disagree: 40.00%
  • Disagree: 28.00%
  • Neutral: 12.00%
  • Agree: 0.00%
  • Strongly Agree: 0.00%
  • Don’t Know: 16.00%
  • Missing: 4.00%

Question 5: Online learning providers (e.g., Compass Learning, K12 Inc., Apex Learning, etc.) typically take into account research in the learning sciences when they design their instructional technologies.

  • Strongly Disagree: 8.00%
  • Disagree: 24.00%
  • Neutral: 32.00%
  • Agree: 12.00%
  • Strongly Agree: 4.00%
  • Don’t Know: 20.00%

Question 6: Online learning providers (e.g., Compass Learning, K12 Inc., Apex Learning, etc.) typically take the needs of students with disabilities into account when they design their instructional technologies.

  • Strongly Disagree: 12.00%
  • Disagree: 36.00%
  • Neutral: 16.00%
  • Agree: 8.00%
  • Strongly Agree: 4.00%
  • Don’t Know: 24.00%

A chart of the occupations of our respondents:

  • K-12 General Educator: 12.00%
  • K-12 Special Educator: 0.00%
  • Related Service Personnel (OT/PT/SLP, etc.): 0.00%
  • Teacher Educator: 32.00%
  • Administrator: 8.00%
  • Technology Specialist: 24.00%
  • Researcher: 0.00%
  • Other (University Staff, consultant, online learning developer): 16.00%
  • Missing: 8.00%

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