Initial Survey Results: COVID-19 Response Survey

September 8th, 2020 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

This spring, our sector made a sudden shift to communicating, working and teaching online. As LBS programs made the transition to remote delivery, we realized this was an opportunity to learn more about how our sector was working and adapting to this unprecedented and unplanned change.

What were their new priorities and how were those priorities identified? What challenges were LBS programs facing? In the last two weeks of June, we launched and administered a survey in hopes of answering these and other important questions.

Now, as COVID-19 numbers are more stabilized and many programs reopen, AlphaPlus is finalizing a full report detailing our survey’s results. But before the report goes live, we’re sharing initial results based on responses from 368 respondents who provided information in both French and English.

  • 45% of learners have a household internet connection.
  • 27% of learners have limited connectivity using cell phones.
  • 13% of respondents said programs purchased additional data and/or devices for learners.
  • 67% of respondents were able to focus on instruction; 33% prioritized communication and learner supports.
  • Respondents used three to four different modes of communication and instruction, such as telephone, videoconferencing, email, learning management platforms and printed materials.
  • 66% of respondents stated the top priority going forward is adapted accountability and reporting processes.
  • 53% of respondents said other priorities are ensuring internet access for learners, professional development and training using education technology, and access to online assessments of literacy, numeracy and digital skills.

Look for the completed survey report on our website around the end of September. Contact Christine Pinsent-Johnson for more information.