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Abstract

Background: The global pandemic has created a need for several higher education institutions to transition to emergency remote learning. Students and faculty have experienced a significant disruption to their daily academic routines. It is critical to understand the perceptions of students in relationship to their learning experiences and ability to effectively manage the new and changing learning environment and expectations. This study sought to understand the students’ response to the transition to remote learning, as a necessary strategy for managing learning during the pandemic. Methods: A 15-item electronic survey was provided to approximately 1600 students at a private faith-based university in Central Florida, United States. Results: The response rate of 38% indicated primary positive responses to the transition, with significant differences of comfort level of remote learning and perceptions of faculty readiness, when analyzed between undergraduate and graduate students.

Author Bio(s)

Sandra Dunbar-Smalley DPA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Sandra is currently the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at AdventHealth University. She is the former Assistant Dean of Professional Development at Nova Southeastern University. Sandra is a licensed Occupational Therapist and also has a doctorate in Public Administration.

Roy Lukman, PhD

Dr. Lukman has been the Director of Academic Affairs for AdventHealth's Graduate Medical Education Department, as well as holding positions as the Director of Research and also the Associate Director for Behavioral Medicine since 1988. In 2010, he joined AdventHealth University as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness. He currently serves as the Research Consultant for the University.

Joe Hawkins, M.S.Ed., CNMT

Joe is the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at AdventHealth University. Prior to that, he was as an Associate Professor and the founding director of the Nuclear Medicine Technology program at AHU. He still serves as an adjunct professor in the Imaging Sciences Department.

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgement: The authors thank Mary Rickelman, MLIS, AHIP – Reference, Liaison, & Cataloging Librarian at the R.A. Williams at AdventHealth University, for her assistance in literature mining.

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