2020: The Future Teacher Survey Results

 

It’s amazing how much we can learn by simply asking our colleagues what they think.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the survey I pulled together last week as the results have been quite insightful!  Here are responses from 66 folks in the PLN:

 

Very interesting to note that most teachers see greater change in store for students than for themselves (2 out of 3 teachers think students will be learning more online, but only 1 out 3 teachers think they’ll be teaching more online).

 

Open responses to the question: If you were to teach nearly 100% online, what might be your biggest struggle in the transition from offline to online?

 

“I would be totally ok with it but what about the students?”

 

“I already teach almost 100% online. for those used to using coursebooks the biggest transition is finding or creating materials, building courses, learning about technology and social media.”

 

“I’d miss the holistic experience of being able to respond to learner needs synchronously and managing the classroom in its entire complexity on the spot.”

 

“Maintaining the same fee as I charge for F2F lesson in face of increased competition”

 

“Already am…It hasn’t been a struggle at all. My students are so creative and willing to learn this way. I’m more of a guide than a “teacher” these days.”

 

“Face-to-Face real time interactions might be possible on the likes of Skype, but there are limitations to it. Discourse strategies like turn-taking and interrupting, and the use of silences, take on a different dimension on Skype, and in a group discussion, Skype or Google Plus doesn’t take into account the paralinguistic and non-linguistic features as well as face-to-face communication. If languages are learnt from involving oneself in interaction and meaning negotiation, the online dimension might offer up some unexpected challenges…but I’m sure we’ll adapt.”

 

“My students are teenagers, so they like working in groups or pairs. Speaking activities are also their favourites. They learn a lot from each other. Therefore I don’t think they will learn productively if they have to learn 100% on line.”

 

“I think the sheer variety of platforms & technologies is one of them – basically which software do you use?  Not just because it’s difficult to keep up with things at the best of times, but also because there is then a requirement for the learners to get the same software, which may also incur additional costs & training.”

 

“As it’d imply a big change, I guess, it’d be difficult for me to adapt to the new classroom environment without face to face interaction.”

 

“Building relationships with students”

 

“Getting a rate of pay that reflects the time involved, recognition of the expenses involved in equipement, problem solving time etc.”

 

“Adaptation of various teaching approaches, teaching materials. Also ‘classroom’ management and organisation issues might occur. “

 

“I think the sheer variety of platforms & technologies is one of them – basically which software do you use?  Not just because it’s difficult to keep up with things at the best of times, but also because there is then a requirement for the learners to get the same software, which may also incur additional costs & training.”

 

“Good question!  I guess, the biggest problem will be to motivate and to teach students to learn autonomously, to learn learning to gain more knowledge as it is needed for a learner to feel comfortable in this digital era. Another one might be the financial one. In our country, not many ppl can afford to have a computer, internet connection and other devices to learn online. Though, with times this problem evidently should be solved.”

 

“I have been teaching 100% online for some time now and my biggest struggle is to be available whenever my students need me. “

 

“- Organising the content,- Ensuring when teaching a group that the students get to speak enough as this is difficult when online- Finding a way to include useful interaction with other students etc for roleplays….”

 

“Missing human interaction”

 

“Building a sense of community”

 

“In short, finding a way to connect at a more personal level with my students.”

 

“The biggest struggle would be to get out of the house and not let work completely consume me.”

 

“To adapt the offline teaching methodology to an online one.”

 

“Maintaining classroom discourse and peer assistance.”

 

“Finding real quality tools for teaching”

 

And in regards to the last point, one out of four respondents had already used Edulang’s applications to teach, and I have to admit it is always great to hear that the materials we’ve developed are helping teachers equip their students with quality learning tools, as I’ll agree with the last comment above: it can be a bit of a jungle out there!

 

Thanks again, and I’d love to hear if you’re surprised with the results or are they pretty much in line with what you would’ve expected?!?

Cheers, Brad ;-)

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  • George Machlan

    The follow-up survey for learners is now open for responses here: 
    http://myeslfriends.com/wordpress/2012/06/08/future-learner-survey/

    Please share the link so we can get as many responses as possible.  I will give Brad the data for his review and evaluation.  Thanks

  • http://blog.edulang.com/ Brad Patterson

    Great, George.  Just checked it out and can’t wait for the results!  Cheers, Brad