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This is the first faculty research conducted by EDUCAUSE since 2019. Since then, the higher education landscape has been through a lot, including COVID-19, fluctuations in enrollment and public funding, and the rapid adoption of multiple instructional modalities and new technologies. In this report, we describe the findings of the research in four key areas:
- Modality preferences and the impacts of teaching in non-preferred modes
- Experiences teaching online and hybrid courses
- Technology and digital availability of course components
- Types of support needed and utilized for teaching
While there has been a shift in modality preferences, the overall pattern remains similar to pre-pandemic findings—the most preferred mode of teaching is still on-site, and the least preferred is online.
Online and Hybrid Teaching
We asked faculty how their prior experiences teaching online or hybrid courses influenced their current modality preferences. For the most part, respondents were split between no change and an increase, with slightly fewer faculty saying their desire to teach online or hybrid courses has decreased.
Technology Experiences and Digital Access to Course Components
Regardless of modality, faculty put many components of their courses online.
Prep time and online instructional technology are the most important supports for teaching.