The Impact of Electronically-Delivered Courses: Final Report

OSSTF/FEESO Online Credit Delivery Working Group | 2016

This research study, commissioned by OSSTF/FEESO,  provided detailed insight on the current realities, benefits, challenges and impacts of e-learning on OSSTF/FEESO members.  Results included:

  • E-learning increases workload; though, the amount and the timing of the increase in workload depend on a person’s position.
  • The lack of up to date equipment and reliable internet access puts strain on the vast majority of those surveyed.
  • Face-to-face classes are being cut in favour of e-learning classes.
  • The most commonly cited benefits of e-learning by respondents included the opportunity for students in small schools to take a wider range of courses and online learning accommodates students who are unable to attend school daily, such as those with physical or mental health issues, students in alternative settings and elite athletes
  • Concern with low success and completion rate. E-learning students’ often lack the motivation, independent learning skills and time management skills necessary to succeed in e-learning classes.