With the onset of the pandemic in 2020, OCAD U has offered all courses in a completely online format. Last November, we surveyed students to understand their experiences with online learning during the Fall 2020 term. The survey asked students to reflect on what challenges, barriers — and benefits — they experienced while learning remotely.
We created a Student Experiences of Online Learning infographic that summarizes the experiences that students reported to us through the survey. Additionally, it outlines ways the university has responded to students’ concerns, and provides resources that students can access for ongoing support in their online learning experience.
1053 responses were received from students across all year levels and faculties, including graduate-level students. Nearly 40% of students were new to OCAD U, and nearly 30% identified as English Language Learners.
While students appreciated the flexibility and enhanced accessibility of online learning, they also reported challenges to mental health, physical health, and making connections with peers and instructors.
We know that the Fall/Winter 2020-21 academic year is wrapping up, however, some of you are continuing on with courses during the Spring and Summer, which will continue to be offered online. If you need support, please reach out! Talk to your instructor, program chair, GPD or Associate Dean. You can also reach out to the IT Helpdesk, OCAD U Student Wellness Centre, the OCAD U Student Union, the OCAD U Library, and our Writing & Learning Centre for support.
Contact FCDC@ocadu.ca with any questions about this infographic.