Online Learning with In-Person Technology

With our terrific colleague Prof. Jean Amaral (BMCC) we’ve just published “Online Learning with In-Person Technology: Student & Faculty Experiences in Hybrid/Online Courses at CUNY.” In this report we share findings from our qualitative research on students taking and faculty teaching hybrid or online courses at BMCC, Brooklyn College, and City Tech during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Please download and share widely, and get in touch with any questions or feedback!

Online Learning with In-Person Technology: Student & Faculty Experiences in Hybrid/Online Courses at CUNY

Here’s a brief overview of the report:

Online learning continues to grow throughout higher education, including expansion at urban commuter institutions like the City University of New York (CUNY) that have traditionally focused primarily on in-person courses. Building on research into the scholarly habits of CUNY students, we undertook a qualitative study to explore the lived experiences of CUNY students and faculty using technology in online and hybrid courses. Our research revealed how students and faculty use online tools in support of learning and illuminated a range of experiences determined by differing access to and skills with technology, the usability of required technology platforms, availability of support, and communication and connection in online courses. Insights from this research can inform the development and deployment of online learning tools and support for students and faculty at CUNY and on other commuter college and university campuses.

Preliminary Report: 2009-2010 Fieldwork

We’ve finished putting together a preliminary report of the data we gathered last year at our 2009-2010 research sites (City Tech and Brooklyn College). This report presents an initial description and analysis of the data organized by interview type and by broad theme. We’re continuing to interview students and faculty this year, and plan to undertake a more detailed analysis and examination of patterns in student scholarly habits once we’ve completed data collection.

Download: The Scholarly Habits of Undergraduates at CUNY: Preliminary Report (PDF)

More Preliminary Results

This Friday December 10th we’ll be presenting some of the preliminary results from data collection at Brooklyn College and City Tech at the ACRL/NY Symposium at Baruch College. Looking forward to seeing our colleagues from CUNY and beyond! We’ll add a PDF of the poster to our Preliminary Results page soon.

About this Study

This project uses ethnographic methods to examine student approaches to research at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) and Brooklyn College during the 2009-2010 academic year. Ethnographic techniques such as interviews, questionnaires, photo surveys, and mapping diaries will be employed at both colleges to gather qualitative data from faculty and students. To our knowledge, there have as yet been no studies on colleges similar to City Tech and Brooklyn College: diverse, urban, public, commuter colleges in a large university system. Our project fills a gap in the research on student scholarly habits, and has broad utility to many stakeholders in the academic community.

Guiding questions for this study include:

  • What are faculty expectations for student scholarly work and assignments?
  • How do students study, research, and complete their assignments?
  • How do students use the library for their coursework (and, if they don’t, why not)?

Principal Investigators:
Maura A. Smale
Assistant Professor, Information Literacy Librarian
New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Mariana Regalado
Associate Professor, Associate Librarian for Information Services
Brooklyn College, CUNY

This work is supported (in part) by grants from The City University of New York PSC-CUNY Research Award Program.