Remote Learning Survey Results

Remote Learning Survey Results
Posted on 05/05/2020
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survey resultsThree weeks into remote learning, Lakota Local Schools asked its parents and secondary students to complete a short survey about the experience. The survey was similar to one sent after the remote learning practice day on March 13. “Remote learning at this level is new for all of us,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “It’s critical that we gather feedback throughout the process so that we can continue to improve and meet the needs of our students.”

Participants were asked about having access to the required resources and whether or not assignments are clear and easy to understand. The survey also asked about the positive aspects of remote learning, as well as the challenges.

With over 3,000 responses, over 92-percent noted that they have had the required resources to complete assignments, and nearly 84-percent said that they have received clear directions on completing the work. “The remote learning survey was critical because we were designing a whole new way to do school on the fly,” said Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Keith Koehne. “If we don’t have honest feedback from our students and families, there is no way to do that well.”

In Lakota’s remote learning model, teachers post assignments on Monday mornings for the week, which gives students more time to complete their work. This allows students to work at their own pace throughout the week, which was seen as the most positive aspect of remote learning. Over 82-percent of respondents selected this as their favorite part. A distant second and third were having ample time to complete assignments and the availability of teachers to answer questions, at 54- and 53-percent respectively. 

“I was encouraged to see that a strong majority of respondents appreciated being able to work at their own pace and individualize their work schedule,” said Koehne. “That is a core component of personalized learning and foundational to the skills on the Portrait of a Lakota Graduate.”

Missing the personal connection between classmates and staff were the top two challenges for students according to the survey. Nearly 71-percent of students said that missing classmates was the biggest challenge, followed by 62-percent missing teachers and staff. “While we are blessed to have many of the foundational tools and resources for remote learning, making the shift seemingly overnight presented several challenges,” said Todd Wesley, Lakota’s chief technology officer. 

Understandably, more than half of the responses noted missing being at school for learning and activities as major challenges of remote learning. “This direct feedback from our students and parents allowed us to understand the impact of this shift on our most important stakeholders,” said Wesley. 

While the school year is coming to a close, Lakota’s technology and curriculum departments continue to work together to make improvements for the district’s nearly 17,000 students. “This critical data is driving our decisions and approaches as we focus on current improvements, options to address the uncertainty this fall and future student learning at Lakota,” Wesley said.