2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 21, 2009
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Learning and Scholarly Technologies at the University of Washington: 2008 Faculty, TA, and Student Surveys

Cara Lane, Henry Lyle, and Claire Connell (Learning and Scholarly Technologies, UW Technology)

In order for the UW to provide essential technology resources and services that meet the changing needs of the UW community it is vital to gather reliable information about evolving trends. To this end, the 2008 Surveys on Learning and Scholarly Technologies provide valuable data about where and how faculty, teaching assistants (TAs), and students use technology to meet their teaching, research, and learning goals. This focus on where and how technology is used, rather than simply what technologies are used, makes these surveys unique from previous surveys conducted at the UW. The survey data allow detailed comparisons of technology use across various teaching and learning contexts (e.g., “large lecture,” “seminar/small discussion based class,” or “field experience”), as well as comparisons of use based on teaching and learning goals (e.g., “help students understand content knowledge” or “cultivate community and connection”). In addition, the surveys identify the sources of technical support that faculty, TAs, and students find most useful, reveal the obstacles to using technology that they find most challenging, and ascertain their priorities for the future.

In our poster, we will highlight key findings from the 2008 surveys. In particular we will focus on information about current technology use and evolving needs. In regards to the former, we found that current technology use was much more uniform than we had anticipated. The only technologies selected in more than 50% of survey responses focused on content delivery or general communication (e.g., Web pages, email, word-processing, and presentation software), while the least-used technologies (selected less than 10% of the time) were the interactive “Web 2.0” tools that are most frequently celebrated in technology circles for their pedagogical potential (e.g., wikis, blogs, portfolios, podcasting, social networks). We also will present data about Faculty, TA, and Student priorities for the future.


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