Faculty: Here’s what we really do with technology

The recently released 2013-2014 HERI Faculty Survey offers unique insight into faculty feelings on online courses and teaching practices

HERI-survey-teachersThough most faculty members have still not fully embraced teaching exclusively online courses, many are using technology in an attempt to enhance student-centered instruction, according to the results of a new survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.

These findings are among some of the most interesting insights provided by the 2013-2014 HERI Undergraduate Teaching Faculty Survey, which is based on responses from over 16,000 full-time undergraduate teaching faculty members at 269 four-year colleges and universities.

In addition to new questions for faculty about their perceptions of campus climate and their sexual orientation and gender identity, the study also focused on assessing experiences with academic advising and the commitment of teachers to the spiritual development of students. Also, the study featured a module that was specifically aimed at teachers in STEM fields.

Overall, the results represent an expansive view of the current relationship between teaching and technology. Though faculty seem willing to embrace change to some degree and use new technology to enhance their existing practices, they are less keen on relying on fully online formats.

But just how stark are the actual statistics?

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