edWeb 2020 Teacher Professional Learning Survey

What type of PD helps you improve

edWeb is a professional learning network that provides teachers and all educators with free online professional learning communities and edWebinars. edWeb makes it possible for educators to participate in personalized, collaborative learning – anytime, anywhere.

We’ve been conducting research on our members’ attitudes about professional development for a number of years, and began an annual Teacher Professional Learning Survey 3 years ago to benchmark changes in attitudes on a consistent basis. The 2020 survey was sent to 100,000 teachers and received 1,144 replies, a 1.04% response rate, with no incentive. 

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The first question asks, “What type of professional development helps you improve as a teacher?” For 3 years in a row, our members have responded that webinars are #1 with 50% saying webinars are the most helpful, followed by conferences and workshops (32%), teacher education courses (25%), online professional learning networks (25%), PD provided by their school/district (16%), and PD provided by vendors (13%). 

Each year we ask teachers why they engage in professional learning, and the top 3 answers get nearly identical results each year: to improve their teaching (89%), to learn new ideas and practices (83%), and to improve learning for students (83%). The results reflect the dedication of educators to the larger goal of professional learning – to have an impact on student learning.

We asked teachers what features are important in a teacher professional development program. Again, we see consistency over 3 years:  the flexibility to participate on their own time (88%), that the program is free (80%), and receiving a certificate of completion (66%) are the top features, plus a new item added this year – that the content is current and relevant (91%). edWeb professional learning provides educators with these highly rated attributes.

Most important in a PD program

The survey asks “How has edWeb impacted your teaching?” and results show a very high impact for: acquiring valuable information and resources (86%), increasing knowledge in their field (83%), making learning more engaging for students (78%), getting support not available in their school/district (75%), and helping to integrate technology in the classroom (55%).

How has edWeb impacted your teaching?

We asked, “How does edWeb compare to other professional learning programs that you’ve attended?” and respondents said edWeb was better at improving their teaching (71%), making learning more engaging for students (67%), having an impact on student achievement (58%), and to learn about technology (48%).

Survey results show that edWeb members share their learning with their peers and that is having an impact on the students of their colleagues (48%) and on school-wide learning (27%). It’s not easy to quantify the impact of professional learning on student learning, but responses to our survey questions, and also the many comments we received are evidence that the peer-to-peer learning members receive on edWeb is making a difference for participants, their colleagues, and the schools and district communities they are a part of.

Impact on student learning

We received hundreds of comments in the survey telling us how edWeb helps educators get the learning and support they need for themselves and for their students. We received a number of very helpful suggestions that we are already working on. Here is one of our favorite comments:

“edWeb is a game changer! I can get the professional development and support I need on demand and through scheduled webinars and put what I learn into practice as soon as the next day. The impact the learning has on my students is evident right away!”

Here is a wordcloud of all the comments we received.

2020 survey word cloud

The edWeb community has grown to 750,000 educators around the world. Results for our 2020 survey are stronger than ever. Our Net Promoter Score (NPS) increased from 55 to 70 in the past year, putting edWeb in the world class range. If we are providing a valuable service to our members, it is because we touch thousands of educators and receive continuous feedback each week. We keep making improvements based on the input we receive.  We are humbled and honored by the dedication of teachers and all educators to improve their own practices, their students’ learning, and the school communities they work in. We are thankful to be able to help.

For the full survey report, click the button below. 

Download the edWeb 2020 Survey


Education Talk Radio

Listen to an Education Talk Radio interview on the results of the survey below: