COVID-19 & Remote/Online Learning at SPU

Are you interested in pursuing a research project related to your experience with COVID-19 and remote/online learning? If so, consider joining John Robertson and David Wicks in a 2020-21 faculty research group. The group will meet six times throughout the academic year to discuss and share research projects. Each participant will receive a $1,000 stipend, co-sponsored by the Library and the Faculty Life Office

George Veletsianos, a leading scholar of online learning, says the kind of research we need right now asks questions such as these: 

  • What made some faculty, students, and institutions successful in achieving the outcomes they defined?
  • What institutional supports proved to be helpful to students and faculty in times of crises, and in what ways?
  • What roles did instructional designers play in this transition, and what made some more successful than others?
  • What vulnerabilities did this shock reveal and how may we address them?
  • What are the positive and negative externalities of using emergency online teaching/learning?
  • In what ways is this crisis being exploited, to what means, and by whom?

If you would like pursue such research in conversation with your faculty colleagues next year, send a brief explanation of your planned project to the Faculty Life Office at by April 24th. Collaborative projects are encouraged.