Respondents were asked to tank increasing student-to-teacher ratios, mandatory LMS usage (Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle), and inappropriate classroom/lab space.
56% ranked increasing student-to-teacher ratios as their highest priority pain point.
The 53% of respondents who indicated inappropriate space as their second concern have a 78% overlap of those with the first concern being increasing ratios—making these concerns related.
Physical labs are wide-spread, with 77% of respondents having them. A variety of digital options have emerged—with 58% reporting some combination of virtual labs, student VMs, or cloud options.
As we have seen—it appears that, across the board, at-scale teaching has access to more technological resources.
Looking at the distribution of these resources, 81% of those teaching-at-scale indicated their institution uses physical lab space. 74% of teachers with small classes indicated that their institution uses physical lab space. As we have seen—it appears that, across the board, at-scale teaching has access to more technological resources.
Overall, the majority of respondents’ institutions cover the cost of the physical labs. 61% of respondents’ institutions cover the cost of labs, while 26% say their students are responsible. Taking a look at student VMs, there were many who were unsure how the VMs were being paid for (40%), but a similar proportion of universities cover these costs (60%) compared to physical labs.
In short, while educators across the board are feeling the increasing student-to-teacher ratio that's often reported there is a disparity in resources between institutions.
Specifically, we see differences along the dimensions of class size, student-to-teacher ratios, and TA/GA resources which have resulted in a growing demand for an affordable technology-based solution in contexts where teaching resources cannot keep up with enrollment demand.