In this post I will interpret the results of the second survey of my project.
The first main question is “Based on your studying experience this semester, if you had a choice between different types of courses, what class would you choose?” The next figure shows the percentage of the answers by different characteristics of respondents.
As we can see, 41% of the respondents would choose in-person courses if they had this choice. 21% of the students would choose online classes. A hybrid class would be a choice of 27% of respondents. And 11% are indifferent. The results of the first survey were 58%, 11%, 18%, and 13% respectively.
The first two groups (freshmen vs. non-freshmen), have similar numbers for in-person classes (41% and 43%). However, freshmen prefer less online and more hybrid courses than “older” students (17% against 28% and 31% against 20%).
Female students still prefer more online classes and less in-person cources. Hybrid classes are almost equally preferrable by both genders. And more male students are indifferent between classes if they had a choice.
The results of the second survey for the next two groups of respondents (students who have their families as the primary source of financing vs. other students using personal loans, scholarships, etc.) are mostly similar. Family-financed students prefer more hybrid classes and less of them are indifferent comparing with the second group.
I expected that students living on-campus would choose less online and hybrid cources and more in-person classes. This survey questioned this hypothesis. 32% of off-campus students would choose online classes, 16% of them would choose hybrid classes, and 42% would choose in-person classes, whereas these numbers for on-campus students are 11%, 37%, and 41% respectively. It is noticeable, that the percentage of off-campus students who would choose in-person courses is slightly higher than the percentage of on-campus students.
And finally, the highest percent of students who would choose online classes (40%) is among students who did not make decisions about their majors. The lowest percentage (14%) here is among students from other majors. 36% of students from other majors (the highest) and 14% (the lowest) from business-related would prefer hybrid classes. And 52% of students from business-related majors (the highest) and 14% (the lowest) of undecided students would prefer in-person classes.
The next question is “Based on your studying experience this semester, what is your opinion about online teaching at Virginia Tech?” Below you can see the results.
More than half of respondents (60%) have either strongly positive or positive opinion about online teaching. 27% have strongly negative or negative opinion. The first survey had 51% and 25% respectively.
63% freshmen have positive or strongly positive opinion, and 25% of them have negative or strongly negative. Whereas non-freshmen have 56% and 33% respectively. It should be noted that older students have more extreme (strongly positive or negative) opinions than freshmen.
Female respondents are more positive. Female students have more respondents with the positive opinion and less respondents with the negative opinion (68% – 19%) than male students (54% – 34%).
Family-financed students have less positive responses and more negative answers comparing with other students (58% and 29% against 68% and 23%). It is interesting that the first survey showed the opposite result.
On-campus students have more positive answers than off-campus students (64% against 56%) and less negative responses (23% againts 32%). And again, the first survey had the opposite result here.
The highest percentage of positive answers (80%) is among students with undecided majors. The lowest percentage of positive answers (44%) belongs to social science students. The same number (44%) of them have negative opinions, which is the highest percentage of negative answers. The lowest percentages (10%) are respondents who did not choose their majors yet.
The next question is “Based on your studying experience this semester, do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I think that during this semester online teaching has a positive impact on my academic standing (overall GPA)?” The figure below demonstrates the distribution of answers.
The students mostly agree that online teaching has a positive impact on their academic standings (49% against 34%). 17% of the respondents neither agree nor disagree with the given statement.
Freshmen are less optimistic about the positive impact of online teaching than older students (40% – 41% against 61% – 23%).
Female students are more optimistic about the positive impact of online teaching (54% – 30%). Male respondents have 44% of positive answers and 38% of negative responses.
The difference between family-financed students and others is also significant. The first group has significantly more positive and less negative answers (51% against 32% for family-financed respondents, and 39% against 43% for other students).
On-campus students are less optimistic about the positive impact of online teaching than off-campus students (43% – 40% against 55% – 26%).
On-campus and off-campus students (43% against 23% for the first group, and 45% against 27% for the second one).
Comparing five groups based on students’ majors, we can see that the engineering majors students are the most optimistic group (53% against 28%). Two most pessimistic groups are social science students (33% against 33%), and other majors students (38% against 38%).
The last question is “Based on your studying experience this semester, do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I expect that after this semester I will have a positive opinion about online teaching?” The results are below:
The students are more optimistic regarding having a positive opinion about online teaching after this semester: 44% are strongly agree or agree and 29% are strongly disagree or disagree.
Percentages of positive answers are mostly the same for freshmen and other students (43% and 44%). Whereas first-year students have slightly lower percentage of disagreement (28% for freshmen and 31% for others).
Relating to this question, female students are more optimistic than male students (56% against 20% for females and 34% against 35% for males).
Almost half of the non-family-financed students (48%) have a neutral opinion about online teaching in the future. Again, there is a notable distinction between responses of family-financed students and others. The family-financed students have more optimistic expectations (47% against 30%) comparing with the other students (29% against 24%).
40% of on-campus students have positive expectations and 27% of them have a negative opinion. Wherease 47% of off-campus respondents have a positive opinion and 30% of them have negative epectations.
Business-related majors students have the highest persentage of agreement (42%) and social science students have the lowest rate (33%). The same group of students (social science majors) have the highest rate of disagreement (44%) and respondents who did not choose their majors yet have the lowest persentage (10%).
These are the results of the second survey. The next, the last survey will be conducted in the end of the semester.