Nov. 3-4 Remote Learning Survey Results

Nov. 3-4 Remote Learning Survey Results
Posted on 11/16/2020
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survey results graphic for remote learning nov. 3-4“While we certainly do not want to have to shift to remote learning, we want our staff and our families to be prepared,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. This belief led to the district’s first remote learning practice days of the 2020-2021 school year on Nov. 3-4.

“Our teachers did a great job shifting to remote learning on a dime in March,” said Miller, referring to the statewide shutdown of K-12 schools by Gov. Mike DeWine. “Our curriculum department provided professional development to our staff over the summer to help them create a more robust remote learning experience should we need to shift again.” Additionally, a group of nearly 100 teachers and staff members created model courses for the Lakota Virtual Learning Option which can also be used for both in-person learning and should a shift to remote learning occur.

Following the November exercise, the district asked parents, students and staff for feedback on the days.

Over 3,500 responses were received from parents and secondary students. Over 86% felt that assignments were clearly communicated and more than 92% had the necessary resources to complete them.

Similar to spring remote learning surveys, the most positive part of remote learning was the ability to self pace (61%). This was followed by easy access to work (46%) and plenty of time to complete assignments (43%). Likewise, the biggest challenges were also in line with spring survey results. Over 60% of respondents missed seeing their classmates. This was closely followed by learning at school (55%) and teachers and staff (52%) being missed.

After two days of remote learning, nearly 89% of respondents felt that Lakota has done a great job or is going in the right direction should a shift need to take place.

On the staff side, 91% of the 683 respondents said that the expectations for the exercise were clearly outlined and defined. Responding to feedback from the spring’s remote learning experience, emphasis was put on teachers connecting with students face-to-face via Zoom. The majority of teachers were successful in this endeavor, with over 95% of teachers saying they were able to connect with students.

The biggest challenges for staff were not being able to be in their classroom (35%) and students not having consistent access to a device (32%). Despite these challenges, 62% of the respondents felt they were as prepared as they could have been for remote learning. Another 36% felt good about it, but also feels there is more work to be done.

In addition to wanting to be prepared for a more robust experience should a shift to remote learning occur, the curriculum department is also working with principals to improve the learning experience for students in quarantine. “We know that there is work to be done,” said Miller. “While our students who are quarantined are able to access their assignments, we know that they are missing out on in-person instruction. We are working on ways to improve this experience for our students.”