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Lasting Impact of Pandemic On Online Vs. Offline Resources
While education in generally was forced online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many educational institutions have since resumed in-person instruction, either exclusively or as part of an overall approach. This work attempts to understand what aspects of virtual/online instruction may become permanent, and what may be discarded if/whenever health risks return to pre-pandemic levels. This study is based on surveys of engineering faculty at the author's institution. In particular, it seeks to understand which aspects of online learning are found to be most desirable by faculty. Results suggest that all aspects of courses will continue to have a significant online presence, although quizzes and exams will see less of a cumulative shift than other aspects of the course. These results generally hold regardless of length of teaching career and level of previous experience teaching courses online, although some differences are found between these demographic groups.