COVID-19 has clarified priorities for many–including students. They have a clearer idea of what they are looking for in their educational experience. Colleges need to align with student needs or risk irrelevancy. In a recent article in eCampus News, Laura Ascione unpacks six global trends and what they mean for higher education. One area she spotlights is the impotence of faculty-student engagement. She writes,
“Faculty-student engagement is critical—whether in person or through technology. Student success today requires availability of technology resources, as well as engaging content and instruction from technology-proficient faculty.
The top four academic factors driving student success cited by both students and administrators are quality of faculty (91%), engaging content/instruction (90%), and available technology and hands-on instruction (both 89%)
71% of all respondents felt the institution’s Learning Management System (LMS) positively impacts student engagement in classes and lectures”