Teachers Do Not Feel Prepared For Virtual Learning

As students across the country returned to school this fall, many questions hung in the air. Would school be able to open for in-person instruction? Would schools starting the year with virtual learning meet with more success than they did back in the spring? Would anarchic or substandard return-to-school plans change parent attitudes about public schools and parents’ openness to outside schooling options? How will teachers be affected?

We have a glimpse at the answer to the first question. Some schools have been able to open in-person, while others have either remained virtual or pursued some kind of hybrid plan. As to the second, it will be some time before we

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College faculty, admins feel prepared for fall online learning – Page 2 of 2

Teaching Online

  • The overwhelming majority of faculty (84 percent) and administrators (96 percent) agree that they are prepared to teach online this fall.
  • Faculty at two-year and four-year private colleges feel more prepared to teach online than faculty at four-year public institutions – 88 percent versus 81 percent.
  • Faculty and administrators at all types of institutions had access to multiple types of professional development – webinars, self-paced trainings, online resources, and more – and found them to be effective.

Confidence in the Future

Nearly half of faculty and administrators across all institution types are optimistic about the future of higher education, but there is still room for improvement.

When it comes to the future of higher education, 46 percent of administrators are optimistic, 23 percent are pessimistic, and 31 percent are neutral. Forty-two percent of faculty are optimistic, 31 percent are pessimistic, and 27 percent neutral.

Educators are also optimistic

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College faculty, admins feel prepared for fall online learning

U.S. higher education faculty and administrators agree that they are prepared to teach online this fall, and while questions remain, they are optimistic about the future of higher education.

This sentiment and others are explored in the second edition of the Digital Learning Pulse Survey, an ongoing four-part series to better understand the needs of colleges in the wake of the transformative disruption brought on by COVID-19.

The survey of 887 faculty and administrators at 597 institutions was conducted by Bay View Analytics on behalf of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Canadian Digital Learning Research Association (CDLRA) and primary partner and underwriter Cengage.

Related content: Why online learning is here to stay

“Compared to our initial research in April, this second survey shows a marked increase in the level of confidence of higher education faculty and administrators.

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Tons Of Toys Worked Hard To Keep ‘Neighborhood Toy Store’ Feel

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ—There aren’t many toy stores left. Following the closure of Toys R Us in 2018, there remained few options for people who wanted to shop for toys the old fashioned way. That’s where Bernardsville’s Tons of Toys came in.

a sign above a store in a brick building: The Bernardsville Tons of Toys location

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The Bernardsville Tons of Toys location

“We we are still the local neighborhood toy store,” said the store’s manager, Mike Milnes. “It’s a family-owned business.”


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Milnes has managed the Bernardsville location on Morristown Road for four years. There are also Tons of Toys stores in Madison, Westwood, and Wyckoff. Leading up the pandemic, Tons of Toys had used the neighborhood toy store philosophy to achieve success.

“We had just had our best holiday season ever,” said Milnes, “January was busier than normal. We were starting to see a lot of new faces in the store.”

But in mid-March, the coronavirus forced most businesses to close.

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College faculty, officials feel prepared to teach online: report

Dive Brief:

  • The majority of college faculty members and administrators feel prepared to teach at least some classes online, according to a new survey of nearly 900 instructors and administrators conducted in early August.
  • However, around a third of instructors and a fourth of administrators said they are “pessimistic” about the future of higher education, though they were more optimistic about their roles in the field and their institutions’ outlooks.
  • Faculty and school officials must balance the competing impacts of pandemic-related revenue reductions and the need for investment in online learning. 

Dive Insight:

Although faculty responding to the survey generally said they felt prepared to teach online this fall, a slightly higher share said so at two-year and private four-year institutions (88%) than at public four-year colleges (81%). Nearly 600 institutions were represented in the survey.

Faculty and administrators across all institution types said they had access to a range

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‘A heavy burden:’ Greenwich special education families feel ‘overlooked’ in opening days

GREENWICH — Just days into the new school year, some special education parents say they are concerned about services offered to remote students and what they call a general lack of communication from the school district.

Some parents spoke out at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, expressing that they felt “overlooked” and that their special education children were an afterthought. On Friday, the head of the teachers union in the Greenwich Public Schools called a recent change in special education staffing a “head-scratcher.”

“Currently, I am inundated with text messages and emails from special education families,” said Caroline Lerum, PTA Council chairperson for special education. “A concerning amount of remote families across the district are frustrated because of changes that occurred after school began.”

Primarily, special education parents were alarmed to learn after the new year began that there would not be a remote teacher assigned to each special education

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