Nearly two years after COVID-19 forced schools to shift from in-person to online learning, Stride polled K–12 administrators across the U.S. for their thoughts on virtual and hybrid learning, and the implementation challenges they face.
“Education leaders have long understood the power of online learning to personalize instruction. While the pandemic has highlighted barriers to adoption, it continues to drive administrators to solve problems in completely new ways.”
— Dr. Jodi Marshall, Senior Vice President, Stride
What School Administrators are Saying:
believe online can complement in-person learning to meet individual student needs
project the demand for online learning will increase in 2022
believe hybrid learning will become the new normal
are concerned about their district’s ability to support teaching and learning online
Top 5 barriers
to increasing online or hybrid learning:
Lack of teacher training
Ease of use for students
Community attitude and public perception
Lack of a high-quality, digital curriculum
think it’s important for teachers to be able to create their own digital content
would welcome a one-stop-shop platform for digital curriculum
would seek out an ed tech partner to implement a full-time online learning program
Discover how Stride Learning Solutions can help schools and districts create an effective and engaging online learning experience.
About the survey
Interviews for this research were conducted between November 10 and December 14, 2021, with 401 K-12 school administrators in the U.S. Respondents were recruited from a national database of school administrators as well as an online panel of education professionals and completed the survey via computer, tablet, or mobile device. Survey questions were sponsored by Stride, fielded in partnership with third-party research provider Pinkston. Results can be seen here.
While many schools have returned to in-person or blended learning, educators across the country are worried about their school's ability to support online learning and academic performance amid teacher shortages.
It’s no secret that the teacher shortage is the U.S. has reached critical mass. In fact, school districts from coast to coast are reporting an extreme lack of teachers, with some schools having to close their doors for short periods due to a lack of qualified instructors – and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the problem.
For nearly two years, most aspects of our lives have migrated online—from school to work to social gatherings. That’s why school districts must continue to offer high-quality online and virtual learning alternatives that prepare today’s students for the academic and career success they’ll enjoy tomorrow.