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Wed, 22 Apr 2020 12:23:56 -0400
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Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of Deans of
Engineering: Evaluation of Use of Distance Learning, ISBN 978-1-57440-636-8

The report presents data and commentary from 20 deans of engineering
programs at American colleges and universities, regarding their shift to
distance education resulting from the coronavirus epidemic.  The study
looks closely at the technologies and practices adopted, including but not
limited to use of Zoom, Microsoft Teams and many other applications, use of
the learning management system and video sites such as YouTube.  The report
also examines how much work time deans are spending on the shift to online
education, and what the prospects are for the summer term for getting back
to, or not, classroom instruction.

The study also looks at how instructors are communicating with students, at
the extent of asynchronous and synchronous distance education, with how the
experience has impacted the way that engineering deans have viewed distance
learning, and much more.  Survey respondents evaluate the help that they
have received from their IT departments, centers of teaching and learning,
the library and other college and university departments involved in the
massive shift to online learning.
Just a few of the survey’s many findings are that:

Private college deans of engineering spend 82% of their staff time on the
shift to distance education.
45% of deans of engineering surveyed have changed their grading paradigm
with the switch to online learning.
Google Hangouts was used by 20% of engineering programs surveyed with most
use by private colleges, of which 25.87% were using Google Hangouts.
Class listservs were the predominant means of student communication in 15%
of programs.

Data in the 96-page page report is broken out by size and type of
institution, by tuition level, for public and private institutions and
enrolment level. For a table of contents, list of participating
institutions, the questionnaire and an excerpt – view the product page for
this report at:

View further details at

James Moses, Research Director
Primary Research Group Inc.
2585 Broadway #156
NY  NY   10025
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