Undergrads in Canada had a challenging time studying during COVID 19

Our goal was to assess how the crisis impacted students financially and emotionally and how institutions adapted teaching and care of students using technology, given the newly imposed physical distancing.

Major Survey Findings & Next Steps

Tech for Good Canada Students during Covid 19 Survey Results Recap
Tech for Good Canada Students during Covid 19 Survey Results Recap

* Studying from home during Covid 19 was detrimental to learning

* The financial impact is great on many students

* International students who had to leave residence or rentals within a few days were hit hard

* Classes that converted from in person delivery to online lectures got merely a passing grade from students

* In person classes that did not offer at least online lectures on average failed to deliver, in students’ eyes

* Efforts to modify grading and exams were appreciated by students however

* Students surveyed wish they had gotten more mental health and financial support

Student Population surveyed:

Studying from home during Covid 19 was detrimental to learning

Students rated studying from home as having a nearly 3 out of 4 impact on learning ability
Students rated studying from home as having a nearly 3 out of 4 impact on learning ability

The financial impact was great on many students

The financial impact of Covid 19 on a random sample of students surveyed was 2.7 out of 4

International students who had to leave residence or rentals within a few days were hit hard

Classes that converted from in person delivery to online lectures got merely a passing grade from students

Students in the survey gave a 5.4 out of 10 average rating to the online version of their in person classes

In person classes that did not offer at least online lectures on average failed to deliver, in students’ eyes

Students in the survey rated classes content for classes that did not move online at 4.4 out of 10

Efforts to modify grading and exams were appreciated by students however

Overall, students gave a 2.8 out of 4 rating to how exams and weightings were modified

Students surveyed wish they had gotten more mental health and financial support

Students gave a 5.1 out of 10 rating to the financial and emotional support they received

74% of Students Planned to stay in School

Response chart shows 74% staying in uni, 10% of undergrads switching to online courses, 9 % paid work, 2% travel/volunteering
10% of undergrads surveyed considered online courses, 9 % paid work, 2% travel/volunteering

In conclusion, despite the draw to stay in school when jobs are scarce, it seems Canadian universities and colleges in Ontario and Quebec have a busy summer ahead to regain the hearts of students and offer learning and support opportunities on par with the high standards students place on them.

The “New Normal” in higher and secondary education

June 10, New Normal in Education online discussion hosted by Tech for Good Canada
  • Offering adequate counseling and financing solutions for students
  • Adapting to online teaching for professors and teachers
  • Competition from online “pure players”, who have appealing, well designed and lower cost solutions. They may present privacy issues for students who could be mined for data (and targeted ads) in exchange.
  • The biggest online players are American-based giants like Google. They could increase their share of the “ Ed Tech” market through course content like the “Teach from Home” it has started advertising and reduce content culturally unique to Canada.

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From Digital Marketing to Digital Well Being. Tech for Good. / Pro du marketing digital passée à la Tech4Good. TechforGoodCanada.com

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