Parents, students largely satisfied with distance learning
Nearly 2,500 Canby parents and students participated in a survey about distance learning in October, and the results show most are either satisfied or neutral in nearly all areas.
About half of respondents were parents, and about half were students in grades 7-12.
In many ways, the results were more favorable toward the district than survey results in June regarding spring distance learning. For instance, back then, 19% of families were concerned with connectivity. Now, 12.2% of parents and 8.4% of students are dissatisfied with their connectivity.
According to the district's project manager and communications director, Autumn Foster, the connectivity improvement comes thanks in part to technology staff who worked to provide students and families with devices and WiFi hotspots.
Another obvious improvement has to do with families feeling supported. In June, 13.2% did not feel supported by teachers, and now just 6.8% do not. Also in June, 14.4% did not feel supported by their school, and now 8.8% do not.
"Yes, we want to make sure those 6.8% do feel supported by their teachers, but that is a significant improvement from what we saw previously," Foster said in a presentation to the school board this month.
When it comes to teacher communication, finding assignments and due dates, difficulty of work, connectivity and the ability to get help, 20% or less were dissatisfied across the board.
As for the amount of work, the daily schedule and ease of using technology and apps, respondents were a bit less satisfied.
In particular, students were not satisfied with the amount of work. The survey revealed that 37.2% of students were dissatisfied while parents were 18.9% dissatisfied.
Foster indicated it's difficult to know for sure, but students might be just as dissatisfied in that regard during traditional school.
Parents, on the other hand, appear to see a need for improvement in the daily schedule, as 23.2% were dissatisfied — the highest dissatisfaction rate from parents of all questions on the survey. However, just 10.6% of students were dissatisfied in that regard.
Parents and students also disagreed on the ease of using technology and apps, with 21.6% of parents dissatisfied and 14.6% of students dissatisfied.
In comparing the two learning models — the Canby Online Learning Academy versus connected-at-home learning — academy participants were generally slightly more satisfied. However, respondents found the difficulty of work to be the same in both models.
The district will follow up with a more in-depth survey, likely in January.
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