Survey shows STEM teachers remain optimistic despite several barriers to online education

E-learning organizations present new research brief and conference presentation on survey of STEM teachers

OAKLAND, California, December 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and Bay View Analytics today announce new research based on a national survey of 869 STEM professors from October 2020 in all STEM disciplines and all types of institutions. The research was conducted in partnership with Every Learner Everywhere, Carolina Distance Learning, DigitalEd and with support from HHMI BioInteractive. All results are available on the Bay View Analytics website, including the full report, research brief and conference poster.

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of education leaders and innovators, dedicated to promoting quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. Visit for more information. (PRNewsfoto / E-Learning Consortium)

The survey found that 73% of respondents switched from face-to-face learning to distance learning for the fall 2020 term, but more than a third had no prior online experience. There were significant differences in faculty perceptions of the pandemic’s impact on access to education for underserved students, students with disabilities, and by race, ethnicity, or gender. Differences were noted between faculty members by gender across institutions, as well as between faculty members at institutions serving primarily minorities versus institutions serving non-minorities. All details have been presented on November 5, 2021, as a poster at the AAC & U Transforming STEM Higher Education conference.

Bay View Analytics published a corresponding research brief on the optimism of STEM teachers for secondary STEM education. The results show that while the majority of all respondents are optimistic, some subgroups, such as 2-year-old public school teachers or those who teach one or more STEM courses online, are significantly more optimistic about the future of post-secondary education in STEM in general. and are also more optimistic about their personal role in higher education in the future.

“This is very interesting data as we continue to grapple with issues unique to STEM education during the pandemic,” said Dr. Isabelle allen, Senior Advisor at Bay View Analytics. “The findings raise important questions about the fairness of STEM courses online and the long-term impact of distance education on STEM teachers, classes and labs. We hope to follow up on these and many other STEM research questions over the next year.

“More and more people are realizing what we have long known at OLC: that quality online learning is the future,” said Dr. Jennifer mathes, CEO of OLC. “While the pandemic has posed a number of challenges, particularly in the area of ​​STEM education, this study underscores the resilience and intelligence of educators today to meet the needs of all students, by especially those interested in STEM fields and those in underserved communities. The world has become increasingly digitally connected and this work demonstrates OLC’s commitment to EDI, recognizing inequalities in education, removing barriers and advancing equity for all. students while demonstrating that with the right supports and tools, digital learning can be just as engaging, rewarding and effective as face-to-face teaching. “

About the Online Learning Consortium
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of education leaders and innovators, dedicated to promoting quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through a broad set of resources, including best practice publications, quality benchmarking, state-of-the-art guidance, community conferences, empirical and practitioner-based research and expert advice. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies, and businesses. Visit for more information.

About Bay View Analytics
Bay View Analytics is a statistical research company specializing in the design, implementation and analysis of surveys. Formerly known as the Babson Survey Research Group, Bay View Analytics’ consultancy scope includes scientific statistical analysis, clinical trial statistics, and survey designs for a range of topics, with particular emphasis on online education. Bay View Analytics has researched and published annual reports on the state of online education in U.S. higher education for the past eighteen years. Visit the Bay View Analytics website for more information or contact us at

About Every Learner Everywhere (Every Learner):
Every Learner Everywhere (Every Learner) is a network of 12 partner organizations that collaborate with higher education institutions to improve student outcomes through innovative teaching strategies, including the adoption of digital learning tools adaptive. Evidence shows that active and adaptive learning has the potential to improve course outcomes and that digital solutions reduce the cost of course materials, especially for black, Latin and indigenous students, students affected by poverty. and first generation students. Our network partners represent leaders and innovators in teaching and learning. We have specific expertise in the adoption, implementation and measurement of digital learning tools as they are integrated into teaching practices.

About Carolina Distance Learning
Distance learning in Carolina® lab kits are designed specifically for college-level distance education. They offer the same rigor, relevance, and results as traditional labs, giving your online students a successful lab experience wherever they are. Carolina’s distance learning specialists develop all lab equipment and kits. The team has over 60 years of teaching experience and most have graduate science degrees. For more information, visit

About DigitalEd
DigitalEd is an online learning company with a simple and resonant goal: to shape the world through digital learning. Möbius is DigitalEd’s platform for the creation and deployment of online STEM courses. Providing lessons, assessments and interactive learning activities, Möbius unveils the potential for the STEM student to acquire knowledge at a guided yet self-defined pace. DigitalEd is based at Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Visit for more details.

About HHMI BioInteractive
HHMI BioInteractive brings the power of real science stories to tens of thousands of high school and undergraduate life science classrooms. Provide resources ranging from peer-reviewed science-based classroom materials to educator support such as planning tools, resource playlists and professional development workshops. Learn more at

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