Student Perspectives of Remote Teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic




This qualitative study examines the student experience in a chemical engineering program at a large, public research-intensive university during the shift to remote teaching due to COVID-19. Data sources include a free response survey completed by 380 students and focus groups including 35 graduate and undergraduate student instructors. The most common challenge students identified was staying engaged in their studies, especially during class. Several instructional practices emerged that can transfer back to in-person instruction.

Author Biography

Milo D. Koretsky, Tufts University • CEE Publication Board Chair

Milo D. Koretsky is the McDonnell Family Bridge Professor holding a joint appointment in Chemical and Biological Engineering and Education at Tufts University. He received his BS and MS degrees from UC San Diego and his PhD from UC Berkeley, all in chemical engineering. He is interested in integrating technology into effective educational practices and in promoting the use of higher-level cognitive and social skills in engineering problem solving. 



2021-08-23 — Updated on 2021-10-01