Published on September 28, 2017

For educators who teach online, a request from Diane Martinez (of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators/GSOLE) to participate in a survey project on student preparedness in relation to online learning experiences.  (Should folks have questions on this survey, please contact Diane directly at

A national consortium of online writing instruction (OWI) experts (see list below), in conjunction with specialists at Macmillan Learning, are conducting research on student preparation, access, and learning in fully online and hybrid writing courses.

To assist us with our research project on the student perspective in online writing classes, we ask that you please distribute this survey link ( to students in your fully online or hybrid writing classes. An online class is defined as a class that is delivered solely online meaning your class does not meet in a face-to-face setting. All work and class participation is online. A hybrid class is defined as a class that is delivered online and sometimes meets in a face-to-face setting (maybe once a week, once a month, or once or twice semester).

Participation involves completing the online survey, which should take students no more than 10-15 minutes. We ask that you please make participation in this survey completely voluntary.

This study has been approved by the IRB at Western Carolina University. For questions about this study, please contact Diane Martinez at If you have questions or concerns about your treatment as a participant in this study, you may contact the Western Carolina University Institutional Review Board through the Office of Research Administration by calling 828-227-7212 or emailing

Results of the study will be published in Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE), the professional journal of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE).

Thank you for your help with our research by distributing this survey to your students.