Global Online Survey: COVID-19 Impacts on Education and the Need for Distance Education/Digital Solutions

Dear Fellow Colleagues and Global Online Survey Participants,

Stockholm, 28th January 2021

Our education community of learners, teachers, leaders, managers, providers, policymakers, and stakeholders are all and without any exception, here and elsewhere, in a dire learning-teaching, managing, and decision-making situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. The present Global Online Survey features as one among the many other research initiatives to shed lights on the need for relevant and most appropriate educational policies, strategies, and modalities to better address the impacts of COVID-19 on education and the need for distance education/digital solutions. 

Educational actions reaching down the everyday learning-teaching contexts and conditions locally, nationally, and globally cannot be treated in the total absence and isolation of the direct voices and concerns from those actual beneficiaries, partners, and targeted audience of our educational sector, from primary/basic up to the higher/university levels. Mapping the improvements and/or shortcomings both prior to, and during COVID-19, on the access and quality of education offered, will assist the educational community in their choice of the most effective distance education/digital solutions.

We, therefore, encourage you to participate in this Global Online Survey in your own personal and/or institutional capacity. If you are the focal point for your country/institution, then please kindly facilitate us and ensure the full confidentiality of all your participants. It will take not more than 3-5 minutes to fully complete this Global Online Survey.

Thank You.

Best Regards 

Section 1: Current Status and Needs
1. Country: I am active in
2. Location/Region (Tick as appropriate)
3. Role and Education level
SecondaryTertiary/University Education
I am a student
I am a teacher
I am a manager
I am a policy-maker
4.  Age
5.  Gender
6. My education background (select the highest level)
7. Indicate to what extent you agree with the following statements:
 Strongly Agree Agree UndecidedDisagreeStrongly Disagree
We lack online systems for distance education
We lack support for distance education
We have enough skills for distance education
Distance education is cheaper than other education delivery systems
Communication between students and teachers are frequent enough with distance technology
Communication quality is high enough when using distance technology
We save time using distance education
We lack online learning content
We have good and enough technical equipments for distance education
Internet quality is good enough for distance education
Internet costs are affordable
Examinations are well adapted to distance education
Learning tasks are well adapted to distance education
Students learn more with distance education
Students interact more with each other using distance education
Teachers are prepared for distance education
Students are prepared for distance education
Our country is prepared for distance education
8. Your comments relating to the statements above (if any)
9. Indicate to what extent you agree with the following statements before COVID-19 situation
 Strongly Agree Agree Undecided Disagree Strongly Disagree
We use information technology more in education now than before COVID-19
We will go back to less use of information technology in education when COVID-19 pandemic is over
We will increase the use of information technology in education when COVID-19 pandemic is over
10. I consider the following most important improvements for quality distance education
11. Who should pay for digital education systems?
12. I am interested in capacity building and follow up with research interviews, and problem-based online seminars with experts. (Tick as appropriate)
Section 2 - Distance Education-Digital Solutions
13. Digital education systems are needed. We have developed systems in Sweden which may be relevant in your country. Please indicate how important they might be for you and for your education institution
 Very Important Important Moderately ImportantSlightly Important Not Important
Management of thesis supervision: Bachelor, Master, PhD, capstone projects and individual projects, SciPro+, see: https://scipro.support/presentation/
Management of individual projects at upper secondary level
Idea Bank matching projects with Sustainable Development Goals and R&D, see: https://localideabank.com/
Digital examination system
Plagiarism control system
Quality control system of digital courses
14. Would you be interested in licences for any of these systems:
15. Please kindly feel free to provide your relevant inputs so as we can improve the other related activities planned as follow-ups to our Global Online Survey.
16. Please kindly indicate your interest in the following. Tick as appropriate
17. Name (if you are interested in any of the above)
18. e-mail (if you are interested in any of the above)