Strategies to Help Motivate Faculty and Students with Online Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Dr. Alesia Ferguson, Built Environment, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Built Environment

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Publication Date

Spring 4-2021


The World Health Organization declare COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, causing Universities to abruptly discontinue or alter in person events and the nature of classroom instruction. Students were given short timelines to relocate homes and both faculty and students had to readjust to teaching and learning remotely. A year of remote learning has put a strain on student and faculty motivation to learn and teach in a new environment with new approaches, where other family and work obligations further strained the ability to cope. We interviewed 32 university faculty research participants across 6 universities in the United States in two sessions (Fall/ Spring) using a survey assessment of 10 or 16 questions regarding their experiences, observations, and reactions during the transition to online teaching. Interviews were transcribed to look for common themes across faculty experiences, with a specific focus on strategies of motivations to learn and teach in the new environment.

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