Questionnaire on student experiences of using technologies in their studies

This survey is about your experiences with technologies and the wider context of your studies. The questions require either short answers or selecting from several options. If a question does not seem relevant to you please enter n/a in the answer box.

As a way of thanking you we shall be entering everyone into a prize draw for an iPod nano MP3 player.

Research in e-learning is usually focused on technological or pedagogical issues and so far students have been largely overlooked. In this research project we should like to address this and turn our attention to students who are using technologies to support their learning activities. Besides conducting several interviews to gather student stories on how they use and experience technology within their learning tasks, we should like to generate a bigger picture: hence this survey. In it we should mainly like to focus on what kind of technologies you use, how you use them and why. We should be grateful if you could fill out these questions and provide, if you can, a detailed description of your reasons and strategies for using your favoured technological devices or software to allow you to study alone or together with others.

The research is being conducted by the e-Learning Research Centre at the University of Southampton together with several of the HE Academy Subject Centres.

All the information you fill out will be anonymised and treated with confidence. The questionnaire is likely to take you about 20 minutes to complete.

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1. Name:
2. Email address:
3. Daytime phone number:
4. University or college you are attending:
5. What subjects are you studying:
6. Gender: Male     Female

7. Please indicate in which of the following places you study (tick all boxes that apply):

a)at home
b)at home and using a computer connected to the Internet
c)at my place of work
d)on campus
e)at a hall of residence
f)elsewhere - please specify

8. May we contact you to invite you to participate in other parts of our study?

yesnocomments

9. Please indicate in the table below what kinds of digital technologies you use in your studies overall rather than any specific course you may be taking. Use the codes 1 = a little, 2 = moderately, and 3 = a lot. Leave blank any squares that do not apply.

In the example shown below when gathering information the student uses a laptop or desktop computer a lot, digital audio moderately and CDs or DVDs a little.

Please write in any additional technologies and/or activities, if required, in the spaces provided; however you may find it helpful to scroll down to see the rest of the questionnaire before doing so in case your additional technology features in a later table.

Activities using technologyDigital audioDigital videoPod-castCD / DVDElectronic whiteboardiPod/ MP3 playersLaptop/ desktop computerMobile phone (including texts)PDAMemory stickDigital CameraScannerVoting systemMultimedia player
Enter additional
digital technology:
Example: Gathering information
Communicating with students
Communicating with family/friends
Communicating with tutors/teachers
Doing a learning task collaboratively
Doing a learning task individually
Gathering information
Listening to course material
Managing information
Oral presentation
Planning a group learning task
Planning a individual learning task
Reading course material
Revising for an exam
Self assessment exercises
Viewing course material
Writing an assignment
Enter additional activities:

10. Please indicate in the table below what kinds of online communication tools you use in your studies. Use the codes 1 = a little, 2 = moderately, and 3 = a lot. Leave blank any squares that do not apply.

Please write in any additional technologies and/or activities, if required, in the spaces provided.

Activities using technologyWenlogs / BlogsChat roomsEmailInstant messaging (MSN)Voice over IP / SkypeVirtual worlds / 3D worldsWikis
Enter additional
online
communication
tool:
Communicating with students
Communicating with family/friends
Communicating with tutors/teachers
Doing a learning task collaboratively
Doing a learning task individually
Gathering information
Listening to course material
Managing information
Oral presentation
Planning a group learning task
Planning a individual learning task
Reading course material
Revising for an exam
Self assessment exercises
Viewing course material
Writing an assignment
Enter additional activities:

11. Please indicate in the table below what kinds of online learning facilities you use in your studies. Use the codes 1 = a little, 2 = moderately, and 3 = a lot. Leave blank any squares that do not apply.

Please write in any additional technologies and/or activities, if required, in the spaces provided.

Activities using technologyDiscussion boardElectronic librarySearch engines / GoogleOnline assessmentVideo conferencingVirtual Learning Environment (e.g. Blackboard)
Enter additional
online learning
facility:
Communicating with students
Communicating with family/friends
Communicating with tutors/teachers
Doing a learning task collaboratively
Doing a learning task individually
Gathering information
Listening to course material
Managing information
Oral presentation
Planning a group learning task
Planning a individual learning task
Reading course material
Revising for an exam
Self assessment exercises
Viewing course material
Writing an assignment
Enter additional activities:

12. Please indicate in the table below what kinds of specialised software you use in your studies. Use the codes 1 = a little, 2 = moderately, and 3 = a lot. Leave blank any squares that do not apply.

Please write in any additional technologies and/or activities, if required, in the spaces provided.

Activities using technologyBibliographic softwareDatabaseMind mappingModelling softwareGraphical packagesPowerPointProject managementSimulation softwareSpreadsheetStatistical softwareWord processsingConcordancer
Enter additional
specialised
software:
Communicating with students
Communicating with family/friends
Communicating with tutors/teachers
Doing a learning task collaboratively
Doing a learning task individually
Gathering information
Listening to course material
Managing information
Oral presentation
Planning a group learning task
Planning a individual learning task
Reading course material
Revising for an exam
Self assessment exercises
Viewing course material
Writing an assignment
Enter additional activities:

13. List 4 technologies from any of the tables above you like to use most:

a)

b)

c)

d)

14. Please explain how you use the technologies you have listed during your learning activities:

15. Please explain why you use them and how you think they could be used more effectively:

16. List 4 technologies from any of the table above you are required to use but you only use a little or don't like to use:

a)

b)

c)

d)

17. Why do you not like to use the technologies you have listed?

18. Please indicate whether you disagree strongly, disagree, neither agree nor disagree, agree or agree strongly with each of the following statements.
By e-learning we mean the use of any kind of Internet or communication service or electronic device that supports you in a learning activity.

disagree stronglydisagreeneither agree nor disagreeagreeagree stronglynot applicable
a)e-Learning is an important element of my course
b)Without e-learning I would be unable to study
c)e-Learning is one of a number of important components of my course
d)e-Learning makes my course more enjoyable
e)My college/university is not very smart in the way it uses e-learning
f)With e-learning I interact more with other students
g)I find using computers difficult
h)I find using technological devices difficult (eg. pda/mobile phone/mp3 player)
i)Getting access to an Internet-connected computer is a problem for me
j)e-Learning makes studying easier for me
k)It would be good if there was much more e-learning in my courses

19. Do you use technology differently in other aspects of your life (for example talking to friends, booking travel, doing hobbies) than in your studies? If so please specify.

20. Please indicate the ratio of how much you use technology in your studies compared to other aspects of your life. For example 50-50 when you used technologies equally for studies and other things or 30-70 when you use more technology in other aspects of your life than your studies.

%
Studies
Other aspects

21. How do you fit e-learning around your traditional learning activities?

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