2013 Student Technology Survey Results!

In the spring, ITG asked students their views about educational technology at Emerson.

As with the 2013 faculty survey, we were eagerly awaiting answers to the question “What do you think of Canvas so far? What is easy? What is confusing?”

The results are in, and students love Canvas even more than the faculty do!

77% viewed Canvas positively2% negative reaction to Canvas<

Many had feedback on specific features: most of it was about organization of content (20%), and the Canvas user interface (17%).

43% of answers had feedback on features

A significant amount of students wanted professors to use Canvas even more! Sample comments:

I like it when professors use all of these abilities it has to offer because looking track of everything becomes easier.

I love it. I have one professor who has been taking full advantage of it and it has made submitting assignments and keeping track of grades so much easier. My one complaint is that not all of my teachers have made the switch.

 I like or when professors use all of these abilities it has to offer because looking track of everything becomes easier... I love it. I have one professor who has been taking full advantage of it and it has made submitting assignments and keeping track of grades so much easier. My one complaint is that not all of my teachers have made the switch... I absolutely love it! So far only one of my classes utilize it though, History of Jazz. I want more classes to use it...Love it! Really easy and straightforward... It's really easy to use and is much better than webct

The ability to reference course content is seamless and easy to use. The only confusing thing I have found is the grading which seemingly calculates the points you have made out of the total possible points, for the semester... I really like it a lot. It has a ton of features and is easy to use. Nothing is really confusing after you play around a little bit. I wish I used it in more of my classes... I like Canvas a lot. I think it's very user-friendly... Much easier than webct... I like Canvas so far, but I don't think my professors have completely figured it out yet so I don't think we're using it to its full potential.

More results:

More undergraduates (79%) than graduate students (21%) responded. Almost all of the respondents use Canvas, and they report that their professors use it to distribute content (97%) and for administrative tasks (72%).

90% yes, 10% no

Other frequently used technology tools are Powerpoint and Google Docs.

Students’ main goals when using technology are to access course content (96%), organize due dates and scheduling (78%), and turn in work (75%).

Students are even more comfortable using technology than faculty:

not comfortable .5%, somewhat comfortable 4%, comfortable 44%, very cofortable 51%

They report that what hinders them from using technology is when professors lack technical skills (51%) or choose not to use it (57%).

They are much less likely than faculty to learn technology from a staff member, and more likely to learn by experimenting on their own or from a friend:

40% from staff, 56% from a friend, 81% on own by experimenting, 56% on own by reading support documents

When we asked “Is there anything else we should know?”, we got more positive comments about Canvas, a lot of pleas for professors to use Canvas more, some slightly disturbing information about people’s underwear, and a shout out from a student who works at the IT Help Desk. Hi Lindsay!

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