Inside Higher Ed Has Released the Results of Its 2017 Faculty Survey On Technology

Yesterday, Inside Higher Ed released the results of its 2017 faculty survey known as the Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology.  The survey was conducted with the assistance of Gallup and included 2,360 faculty members and 102 administrators from 2 and 4 year public, private, nonprofit and for-profit institutions.

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The findings of the 2017 faculty survey include:

  • Faculty members overwhelmingly doubt whether online learning can match in-person courses in reaching at-risk students and in rigorously engaging students in course material.
  • Seven in 10 faculty members who have taught an online course say the experience helped them develop pedagogical skills and practices that improved their teaching, online and in the classroom.
  • Professors and digital learning leaders disagree about the level and quality of their institutions’ support for teaching online, with a third or fewer of instructors agreeing that their college appropriately rewards teaching with technology or contributions to digital pedagogy, or acknowledges the time demands or compensates fairly for developing an online course. A majority of instructors, though, say their institutions provide adequate technical support for developing and teaching online courses.
  • Two-thirds of professors agreed that administrators and vendors “exaggerate the potential financial benefits” of instructional technology and “play down the risks to quality” posed by it.
  • More than nine in 10 faculty members and digital learning leaders say textbooks are priced too high. The vast majority of both groups also say instructors should significantly consider price when assigning course readings and should assign more open educational resources.

The full article is available for download here:

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Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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