Nursing students rate remote learning highly

July 14, 2020
Nursing students rated their remote learning experience at the University of Minnesota highly, after classes pivoted to an online platform because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every semester the Office of Measurement Services (OMS) conducts Student Rating of Teaching (SRT) surveys to help faculty better understand how to improve their courses and overall instruction. The most recent survey was modified to elicit student feedback about the switch to remote learning during spring semester.

University-wide, the results from over 252,000 responses in 12,796 courses show that students rated instructors highly and perceived their educational experience consistently with past terms. Means on these core questions (e.g. “the instructor presented the subject matter clearly”; “I have a deeper understanding of the subject matter as a result of this course”) ranged from 5.2 to 5.68 on a 6 point scale. The mean for the question “the instructor found ways to teach remotely that worked for this course,” which was added this spring, was a high 5.27 on a 6 point scale. Nursing students rated it 5.5.

“The breadth of teaching excellence among our school of nursing faculty was fully evident as they demonstrated their flexibility and creativity in the brief transition time to teaching didactic and clinical courses virtually,” said Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, senior executive dean for academic programs.