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Rising Student-to-Teacher Ratios a Top Concern for Educators

76% of respondents to our 2019 Survey of Computer Science Education said they were interested in "time savings" from technology—a trend probably fueled by course administration challenges.

Course Admin Challenges

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.

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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.

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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.

Cost responsibility

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.

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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.

With features like an auto-graded assessments library, advanced student learning insights, LMS integration, and scalable infrastructure, Codio is an optimal solution for the course administration challenges educators are facing today.

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Joshua Stowell

Joshua is Codio's Director of Marketing.

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