Lycoming College IT Services Surveys and Response

Introduction

Lycoming College participated in the 2012 Campus Computing Project survey, which identified the number one concern of technology leaders as the “integration of technology with instruction.” To follow up, IT Services initiated a faculty survey cosponsored with the Academic Computing Committee and a student survey cosponsored with the Student Senate.

Faculty Survey(Fall 2012)

(Note: Moodle is our Learning Management Software)

  • 100% use technology a few times per day to all the time.
  • Use in teaching: Moodle 83%, Email 97%, PowerPoint 74%, Web 84%, Video/Audio 77%
  • 56% currently teach a class that requires each student to work at a computer.
  • Greatest barrier to using more technology is time.
  • One-on-one meetings (49%) and short workshops (63%) preferred for training.
  • Assistance preferred as one-on-one (74%).
  • Concern on bandwidth was addressed by tripling capacity over the summer.
  • 45% of survey respondents have taught at Lycoming 10 years or more.

Student Survey (Spring 2013)

Key points:

  • 97% consider their laptop as important to their academic success.
  • 65% consider their smartphone as important to their academic success.
  • 52% use their smartphone to access course material on Moodle.
  • 55% stated most-to-all instructors used technology to impact their academic success. 98% stated some-to-all instructors used technology effectively.
  • Percentages similar for adequate training, right kinds of technology, and use to understand course ideas.
  • Forms of communications students wish were used more…
    • Face-to-face same (41%) to more (58%)
    • Email same (53%) to more (44%)
    • Moodle same (39%) to more (56%)
    • Surprisingly, several technologies were preferred same or less (34 – 48%)
      • Texting, Instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, Phone, etc.
      • Only exception is more web video same (51%) to more (40%)

Response: LITT – Lycoming Innovations in Teaching with Technology

To improve teaching and learning by incorporating technology into the classroom.

  • Collaboration of IT Services, Library, and Provost
  • Grants awarded for implementing online environments, mobile technology, technology tools, and adapting new delivery systems.
  • Searching for grants supporting teaching with technology.
  • Targeting key areas for additional use of Moodle learning management system.
  • Presentations: Co-sponsored with Teaching Effectiveness
  • Training: Peer technology exchanges, internal training.
  • Periodic tips and updates.