State of Student Achievement and Engagement in Louisiana Higher Education Indicates Changing Student Perceptions of Educational Needs
SALT LAKE CITY, August 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Structurethe creator of Canvas, today released a new study highlighting key trends in higher education in Louisiana. The study, developed in coordination with Hanover Research, provides timely and insightful insight into how 114 college students in Louisiana defining student success and engagement. Responding students focus on career readiness, skills, educational goals, and relevant work placement. To view the report, go to this page.
In an era marked by rapid change and an increased reliance on new technologies and evolving teaching strategies, Louisiana educators strive to meet the unique educational needs of their students. The study found that while in-person classes are still popular, the number of hybrid and online distance learning courses offered is becoming an important factor for students when choosing a college or university. Students also want their institutions to focus on their holistic development. This includes personal instruction and the effective delivery of online learning by faculty. The study findings underscore the importance of a holistic approach to education that meets the needs of today’s students.
“While grades remain an important measure of student achievement, administrators and faculty at Louisiana are increasingly focused on student well-being and preparing students to enter the workforce,” said Ryan Lufkin, vice president of product marketing at Instructure. “Institutions are actively working to provide a more comprehensive education that matches each student’s academic and professional goals. Whether through in-person, online or hybrid learning opportunities, institutions that adapt and seek supporting the whole student will help prepare students ready to make a positive impact in the job market.”
The research revealed six key trends that parents and educators in the state of Louisiana feel important to teaching and learning in higher education:
1. Career preparation is the #1 priority for students.
These Louisiana students focus on career readiness and have the skills needed to obtain employment upon graduation. Some 79% of respondents consider career preparation to be the main determinant of success. Over 75% of student respondents also rated proficiency, educational goals, recent graduate employment rates, and relevant placement as key determinants of success.
2. Student preference for in-class, online, or blended learning continues to evolve.
The ability to take courses online in a distance or hybrid learning environment is becoming a deciding factor in which institutions students choose to attend. But their preferences for blended (43%) and in-person (37%) courses and fully online distance learning (20%) don’t always align with the learning environments offered at their institution.
dr. James H. Ammons, Jr.Executive Vice President and Chancellor of University of the South in New Orleanscommented on this key finding: “The Southern University The system just migrated to Canvas because we were looking for a robust and user-friendly cloud-based LMS. We are confident that our students will appreciate the web-based interfaces and capabilities and its natural adaptability for mobile computing. In addition, teachers and students will benefit from 24/7 technical support. Canvas takes advantage of the tremendous advances in distance learning modalities and puts those improvements in the hands of users.”
3. Students want their institutions to focus on their holistic development.
Students want an enhanced learning experience that includes personalized instruction and the effective delivery of online learning by faculty. In fact, 94% of 100 Voices respondents say that holistic development such as self-discipline, communication, knowledge and personal reflection are important for student success and 53% say it will become more important over the next 12 coming months.
University of Louisiana President of the system Dr. Jim Henderson said: “The university has long been dedicated to the holistic development of individuals. Rapid advances in technology have made the necessary development even more complex, but our institutions are committed to ensuring that our graduates have the skills necessary for success. in life and in career.”
4. Students are still feeling the impact of COVID, but there are reasons for optimism.
Unsurprisingly, 73% of students surveyed believe COVID-19 has had a negative impact on student engagement. Some 66% believe it has had a negative impact on academic progress and 63% said it has had a negative impact on career readiness. The good news is that these impacts appear to be fading compared to the global Instructure market. State of Higher Education Report 2021 which covered 18 countries and included input from 7,687 students, administrators and faculty. Respondents to the Louisiana also believe that the impact will decrease further over the next 12 months.
5. Access is the key to engagement and success.
Access to the internet and technological devices are two key socioeconomic factors that fuel student engagement and success, according to more than 80% of 100 Voices respondents. Students express a clear interest in mobile learning capabilities, although some struggle to maintain constant access to Wi-Fi and technology that would support learning. While 69% of students feel engaged in class, only 29% of economically disadvantaged students said it was very easy to stay engaged. As always, making education accessible is an important part of the effort to close the equity gap among students.
6. Students want a connection.
It is clear that the students of Louisiana crave connection and flexibility around learning modalities, but connection means different things to different students. Top relevant factors that students believe will increase engagement include hands-on instruction (46%), small class sizes (44%), sense of community (37%), in-person instruction ( 34%), teamwork (32%). ), strong friendships (30%) and personalized teaching (30%).
“Institutions of higher education, such as Tulane SoPAcan help build connections and a sense of community for students while building interpersonal relationships through small class sizes that allow for rich teacher-student and student-student interactions, or by providing an organized student experience such as a three-day in-person residency to complete an online graduate program,” said Ilianna H. KwaskeAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs at tulane university School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) in relation to this finding. “Offering strong services, such as academic and career counseling, also fosters connection while supporting student success.”
Ronnie TygerDirector of Tulane SoPA learning design and development, emphasizes the need for universities to understand students’ needs for connection and flexibility: “By collaborating with faculty subject matter experts to design learning experiences that intentionally put the student experience first, we are developing opportunities to increase inclusivity and a sense of connection for students across all modalities The addition of synchronous course meetings throughout the semester to all of our online courses brought students and instructors together and created a sense of community while enhancing learning.
The survey was conducted in April 2022 and was cleaned and analyzed by Hanover Research. After fielding and data cleaning, the study consisted of 114 qualified and complete responses, with 35 respondents participating in a two-year program and 74 respondents. We performed statistical significance tests on all segments with a 95% confidence level. For questions regarding the methodology or the underlying data, please contact student firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructure (NYSE: INST) is an education technology company dedicated to improving student success, amplifying the power of education, and inspiring everyone to learn together. Today, the Instructure learning platform supports tens of millions of teachers and learners worldwide. Learn more about www.instructure.com.
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