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3 Ways to Add Value to Online Instruction and Redefine Student Success

The persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the challenges it has presented for education, has prompted institutions to re-examine the concept of student success and what it means to deliver on the expectations of students. As our wait for a return to normal has turned into acceptance of a new normal, it’s clear that learning will remain virtual for the foreseeable future.

In an effort to address these high stakes in higher education, Instructure conducted a global benchmark study with Hanover Research, “The State of Student Success and Engagement,” asking 7,070 educators and students in 13 countries how they define student success and what they consider to be driving factors of engagement.

Of all the results, the following statistics made it clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented institutional leaders with a catalyst for change:

  • 85 percent of students said COVID-19 has had the largest effect on their ability to succeed
  • 71 percent of respondents said the pandemic has affected students’ academic progress
  • 70 percent of faculty said more students are falling behind on their studies than before

Given the expectation that courses will remain at least partially online indefinitely, it’s critical for higher education institutions to understand what students believe they need to be successful and engaged. As I continue to connect with educators and institutional leaders in our Canvas community, which includes thousands of users of the Canvas learning management system, I am amazed at the resilience and creativity they’ve displayed as they evolve to meet these challenges.

Here are three ways institutions are adapting to focus on a more holistic approach to student development.