When analyzing how students perceive and use of online learning, it’s important to also consider the factors that affect their perceptions and decisions.
Surveying How Do Student Perceive Online Learning
An increasing number of students are choosing to look for help in class and on the internet to educate themselves on various topics and sometimes help others achieve their goals.
A recent survey found that 92% of students reported at least one failure in a class in which they actually had an interest, during a 2017 survey. In fact, approximately one in five students cited a lack of internet access while in class as a significant problem with online learning environments, becoming as serious a learning problem as preparing for exams and ensuring attendance.
Fifty-one percent of those who missed their chance to complete college courses also cited poor performance, according to Professor Rajeev Khanna and Abhinav Trivedi of the University of California, Berkeley in their study.
Considering it’s assumed that students often peruse the internet for answers to questions of homework, essays and readings, is a survey that got major results possible?
Nabixit Sen was curious about how students were viewing online learning. He partnered with the company Roposo.com and met with engineering students during their first year of college in Northridge, California.
The students were rigorously ranked on the quality of feedback, and each one was given a Dobot, a portable synthetic learning device capable of making small talk and learning at an eye level for those used to trying for hours on end. Fifty-three percent of those who received a Dobot became proficient enough to at least take all courses.
This knowledge led to questions like, “The Dobot’s great. Was it useful for the students in the survey?”
“Well, in the first sense, it’s beneficial to have access to the device,” said Sen. “But, I do feel that the full range of context around the device is actually helpful in some form or another.”
The students explained that they learn best through scenarios, where information comes from lots of sources and is presented in different ways.
“So the story, the context and how you interpret the story is most beneficial. So I think this device adds a lot of value to the learning experience,” said one respondent.
Despite students finding good value in the Dobot, the ability to take advantage of Internet instruction continues to evolve in ways that aren’t likely to compromise privacy, especially if universities implement “smartphones with biometric authentication” as they’re currently testing.
As people become more sophisticated in using digital devices as tools and also hone their usage abilities, Sen found something that’s hard to find in studies all around the world, is that the majority of students are interacting with online educators offline.
What are students looking for online?
According to the Roposo survey, many surveys indicate students are looking for experiences, guided by mentors, taught by professors who are passionate about learning and are willing to go above and beyond in order to help them.
In addition, students overwhelmingly indicated they wish to interact with teachers as peers, students will be generous to help friends and admit that classmates they see online also help each other.
Something that students do know is that many educators are overextending their own time so as to provide a wide range of solutions for students online. For example, professors have had time to spend time teaching in more than one class, so they’re able to be more effective and create better classes.
But no one is perfect, so students are actively looking for “online coaches,” those that are with them all the time helping to access information and guide their learning, creating problems as well as a greater sense of community.
VIVA — five years
Roposo, the company behind the Dobot, is currently focused on developing mobile platforms, mobile friendly experiences and other artificial intelligence technologies for students to use.
While the device will continue to facilitate interaction with online teachers, the company has a long way to go to reach the world’s seven billion people and their growing need for information on things like health, business and sustainability.
“For us, the first thing was to make sure we understood how many people are interacting with online education and how much they wanted to get advice and help. That is not new in computer science, but it wasn’t a big focus in education,” said Juan Rodriguez of Roposo. “Now, with this generation with an amazing interest in technology, this is where the real growth opportunity is for us.”