In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in online courses and the overall use of digital learning resources and technologies at the University of Waterloo. While these initiatives have been necessary over the last two years, they have also presented the opportunity to explore more flexible learning and teaching options for students and instructors in years to come. From course quality to educational technology systems to accessibility to course delivery, there are a myriad of concerns that come to light when we think about the future of digital learning. This makes it important for Waterloo to develop an explicit strategy so that we can embark on a unified path forward into the world of digital learning.
To that end, the Provost has created a committee to develop a university-wide Digital Learning Strategy (DLS). The DLS will provide the University of Waterloo with a high-level strategy to guide and influence decision-making surrounding all aspects of digital learning and teaching. Of course, there is a lot at stake for students when it comes to digital learning, which is why WUSA Vice-President Education, Steph, has been appointed to represent the voice of undergraduate students on this committee. This means we want to hear from you about your experiences with online learning and how you envision its future at the University of Waterloo. This input will ensure that the perspectives of undergraduate students are considered in the establishment of this strategy.
How can you participate?
- Visit our booth through the Ring road doors in STC on June 14th from 1-4pm and June 15th from 9am-12pm to participate in a quick 3-minute survey
- Follow this link to sign up for one of four different focus groups taking place both in-person and online on June 20th and June 21st
How will you be compensated?
- With a sweet treat after completing your survey
- With $20 loaded onto your WatCard
What kind of topics will be discussed?
- Course delivery models (I.e., online, in-person, blended; asynchronous vs. synchronous)
- Advantages and disadvantages of online courses
- Digital educational technology systems
- Supports students need for digital learning
- Overall course quality in a digital environment
- Accessibility and digital learning
- Engagement and collaboration in online courses