I have decided that the college should participate in the EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Communities (ETRAC) annual survey. Since I have been in this role, we have completed the EDUCAUSE Core Data Survey and it has provided some information and I hope that, after having participated in that for a few more years, it will become even more useful.
The ETRAC surveys are focused on faculty and students and their ownership and use of technology on campus. I am curious about it and I know Educational Technology Services (ETS) is also curious about it. My guess is that other departments, such as the library, will also find this data helpful. Here is the almanac from the 2016 undergraduate survey.
Naturally, the data regarding use of technology in the classroom are the most interesting to me. Some tidbits from the TECHNOLOGY AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT section of the almanac.
- 46% Get more actively involved in courses that use technology
- 28% Are more likely to skip classes when materials presented in class are available online
- 31% Are more likely to skip classes when streamed or recorded lectures are available online
Students agree that technology has helped them:
- Document classwork or projects(82%)
- Ask instructors questions (79%)
- Get feedback from instructors in a timely manner (75%)
- Engage in the learning process (71%)
- Work with other students on class projects (69%)
- Participate in group activities (65%)
- Discuss course topics with other students (62%)
- Ask other students questions (61%)
- Learn through games or interactive activities(41%)
Students agree that technology used in their courses has:
- Contributed to the successful completion of courses(78%)
- Enriched learning experiences(75%)
- Helped them focus on learning activities or course materials(69%)
- Built relevant skills that were useful outside courses(69%)
- Helped them understand hard-to-grasp concepts or processes(67%)
Students reported that they become distracted during classes because they:
- Use social media(37%)
- Surf the web(35%)
- Play games on a laptop or mobile device(18%)
You can find the faculty and student survey links inside our Brightspace/D2L platform. They are also being sent to the faculty and student listservs. The survey will be available until March 20, 2017.
I also am working with Institutional Research to create a staff survey to cover some of the same questions because I would like to have data across the board for the college. Stay tuned!
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