2011 Surveys on Teaching, Learning, and Research Technologies
The UW is increasingly asked to deliver more with less, and students are looking to add value to their education, especially as tuition costs have escalated. Improving the student experience and helping faculty and teaching assistants continue effective teaching practices are major goals for the UW. Encouraging technology uses that help make faculty, teaching assistants, and students more effective today are crucial in achieving these goals. The first step in making informed technology-related decisions is to understand the current patterns of technology use at the UW and to identify the unmet needs of the campus community.
More than 1800 UW Seattle faculty, TAs, and students participated in the 2011 Teaching, Learning, and Research Technology Surveys. Some key takeaways include observations that (1) technology use is increasing, (2) proficiency with and student access to technology is high, (3) technical obstacles are low, (4) students are using technology to support their learning above and beyond that which is required or mediated by instructors, and (5) students and instructors are using educational technologies largely to make large classes more manageable and to increase collaboration and communication.
The Report on the 2011 Faculty, Teaching Assistant, and Student Surveys has been published and is now available.