Instructure Research Reveals Changing Definitions of Success in Higher Education Towards Student Well-Being and Career Preparation

SALT LAKE CITY, September 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Instruct, the creators of Canvas, today released their second annual research report that explores the impact of the pandemic on higher education and identifies six key trends globally. Overall, around half of respondents say they have a positive perception of online learning. Mental health is increasingly critical, with 92% of them seeing students’ psychological well-being as a socio-economic factor that has an impact on student success. For North American respondents, skills-based learning became a priority in the second year of the COVID crisis, with 70% of respondents saying having definable skills is more important than course titles or a diploma. See the full report: State of student achievement and engagement in higher education.

“Last year, as campuses around the world struggled to find a new normal in an increasingly hybrid ecosystem, the main thing we saw was resilience,” said Melissa Loblé, Director of Customer Success at Instructure. “While grades remain important, administrators, faculty and students define success more holistically and adjust campus support to match that definition. Institutions are also striving to improve faculty technology skills and online course development to help students succeed in any environment. “

Now in its second year, Instructure’s research reflects a survey of thousands of current students, administrators and faculty from 18 countries representing a mix of public and private higher education institutions from two, four years . The report revealed six key trends:

1. Career preparation is (still) the number one priority for students.
Preparing students for life after graduation is the number one concern, however, administrators and students alike agree that this is where institutions struggle the most.

  • 84% of this year’s respondents defined student success as preparation for work / career, an increase from 78% in 2020
  • 35% of students and 33% of administrators globally rank career preparation as the area in need of the most improvement, 4% more than in 2020

2. Institutions need to think beyond the conference.
While students still primarily define ‘success’ as academic achievement, faculty and administrators are looking for ways to support the whole student, with psychological well-being and access to impactful mental health. positive on student engagement.

  • 50% of establishments surveyed in 2021 offer in-person or virtual counseling, 33% organize wellness events on campus and 24% use mental health apps
  • Compared to last year, 2021 respondents were more likely to agree that student achievement is much more than grades or grades, 80% vs. 75%

3. Faculty-student engagement is essential, whether in person or through technology.
Student success today requires the availability of technological resources, as well as engaging content and instruction from knowledgeable technology teachers.

  • The top four academic factors for student success cited by students and administrators are quality of faculty (91%), engaging content / teaching (90%), and available technology and hands-on instruction (all two 89%)
  • 71% of all respondents felt that the institution’s learning management system (LMS) had a positive impact on student engagement in classes and conferences

4. Online learning must be intentionally designed.
As future uncertainty remains and blended learning becomes the new normal, creating meaningful and interactive experiences between faculty and students, and connecting students to each other will be essential for hybrid and distance learning courses.

  • For students in 2021, the preference for online learning has decreased slightly compared to last year (50% vs. 47%), as has a positive opinion towards online learning (50% vs. 46%)
  • NORAM teachers most likely to have access to professional development opportunities for training in new technologies, at 60%

5. Socioeconomic disparities have an impact on engagement.
Income levels and access to learning resources and technological tools continue to leave some students behind, which has a huge impact on student engagement in their educational experience.

  • 79% of respondents said household income has a moderate or major impact on student engagement
  • Only 6% of students from low-income households said it was very easy to stay engaged

6. Democratization of education begins with equitable access.
Internet connectivity is imperative, but access to technology means more than just providing devices and connectivity to students.

  • The two main socio-economic factors for 2021 that promote student success are Internet access (92%) and psychological well-being (91%)

Survey methodology
The survey was conducted in July 2021 and has been cleaned and analyzed by Hanover Research. After setting up and cleaning the data, the study included 7,687 qualified and completed responses. The data was then cross-tabulated by region, country and role, along with various additional sub-segments, such as socio-economic status. Instructure performed statistical significance tests on all segments with a 95% confidence level using a Z test with p = less than 0.05 and a margin of error of +/- 1% for the overall sample size. For any questions regarding the methodology or the underlying data, please contact [email protected]

Instructure (NYSE: INST) is an educational technology company dedicated to improving student success, amplifying the power of teaching, and inspiring everyone to learn together. Today, the Instructure learning platform supports more than 30 million educators and learners around the world. Learn more about

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