I am currently conducting pedagogical research as part of a research project examining the effect of the shift to online teaching during the Covid 19 pandemic. As a result of the global pandemic which forced post-secondary institutions into online formats, both educators and students have had to adapt to changes in learning. The study explores the challenges and benefits to online learning for students from their own perspective. The focus is on students’ perceptions of the benefits and efficacy of online learning during the Pandemic. Among other things, the study examines how student interaction with the course content, course instructor and peers has been affected by the transition to online learning, as well as which pedagogical innovations were seen as working and the reasons for this (and which innovations were seen as not working and why). By identifying key areas of student struggle, the study will provide educators with strategies for modifying online learning in a way that enhances student learning outcomes. Responses from 242 students taking undergraduate sociology courses are examined. Survey questions focused on course satisfaction with synchronous and asynchronous courses, internet efficacy and ended with basic demographic questions.
I am part of the Teaching Faculty in Sociology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. I completed my PhD at York University in 2008 and my BEd at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE) 2009. I have published my research in a number of scholarly journals and books including South Asian Diaspora, South Asia Research and the Journal of Intercultural Studies. Among other things, my current research focuses on pedagogical research and the effect of the shift to online teaching during the Covid-19 Pandemic.