Faculty Perceptions of the Spring 2020 Transition from Face-to-Face to Online Instruction


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, American University (AU) transitioned all of its instruction online. Here, we report on the efforts undertaken to facilitate the transition and faculty perceptions of those actions and online teaching. In preparation for the transition, American University formed the Instructional Continuity (IC) team, comprised of the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning and the Academic Technology office. The IC team was charged with developing and implementing a responsive and comprehensive training and support schedule that began on March 16, 2020. A survey of faculty toward the end of the semester revealed general satisfaction with the support they received in transitioning to online instruction and with student learning outcome attainment. Faculty who had taught online before were more likely to show self-efficacy in online instruction compared to those who had not taught online before, despite similar, high satisfaction with student learning outcomes. We offer insights on key aspects of our efforts and the institutional structure that undergirded the largely successful transition of AU’s faculty to online instruction.