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Deadline for survey on UiA’s online teaching

Friday 15 May is the last chance for UiA students to complete the survey on what worked and what did not work in the transition to online lectures and exams at UiA.

Many students at UiA have been studying like this in the last weeks. In this photo, Kristine Sommerstad Molstad is following a lecture by Assistant Professor Astrid Haugestad. UiA is now asking all students to evaluate how they have experienced digital teaching. (Photo: Private)

Many students at UiA have been studying like this in the last weeks. In this photo, Kristine Sommerstad Molstad is following a lecture by Assistant Professor Astrid Haugestad. UiA is now asking all students to evaluate how they have experienced digital teaching. (Photo: Private)

At the end of April, beginning of May, all students received an email requesting they respond to the survey. An email reminder will be sent to students' UiA mail address, and all who have not responded, please click on the link to participate. See also the webpage Extensive review of UiA’s online teaching sessions.

“The more people who respond, the better our basis for understanding and learning from how we handled the transition,” says Inger Marie Dalehefte, who is in charge of the survey and head of the Department of Education.

Need feedback

In the questionnaire, students are asked about their access to information, IT assistance and resources during the Covid-19 crisis, and to what degree they felt they were kept informed about the changes. There are also questions about the type of online teaching sessions they have participated in and how they experienced its quality, usefulness and relevance.

“We need feedback from our students. The entire higher education sector is changing, and the students’ opinion is essential if we want to improve our online services”, says Morten Brekke, vice rector for education at UiA.

The questionnaire concludes with questions about interaction with others, social dynamics as well as questions on the balance between study and personal life, and the students’ experience of self-efficacy.

Consent to research

“By participating in the survey, you are assisting us in learning what works and what we could do better to meet the needs that have arisen during this crisis. Moreover, your participation implies that you agree to contribute to research on online teaching as a result of the coronavirus situation, which can be useful for the entire sector”, says Dalehefte.

The questionnaire is anonymous and takes about five to ten minutes to complete. The Department of Education developed the survey in collaboration with the Division of IT at UiA. 

Participation is voluntary, but UiA hopes as many as possible will complete the questionnaire by 15 May when the survey closes.