New parent survey gauges student successes and struggles with remote learning

April 24, 2020

In a survey created by Educator Preparation Program professor Liz Kolb, parents are asked to share their perspective on children’s remote learning experiences in light of school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to Cassidy Johncox, of ClickOnDetroit.com, many schools have transitioned to online or remote learning during this time—leaving caregivers to oversee or participate in their children’s education. The SOE’s online anonymous survey hopes to uncover parent reactions to the remote classwork their children are working on during this time.

Parents over 18 years old and with a school-aged child can take the survey. There are 38 questions in the survey, and it takes an average of 8 to 10 minutes to complete. Questions cover topics like the type and location of a child’s school, the devices and learning platforms the school has provided to students, the routines teachers have created when it comes to education technology tools, family participation levels, communication among all parties, and the teaching “burden” placed on caregivers.

The results from the survey will inform professional development for K–12 school districts on developing blended and remote learning in fall 2020. “It is important to know parent perception and reaction to what is being sent home during COVID,” said Kolb. The survey closes on May 20. 

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