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Mid-Semester Student Survey Questions
by John Mayer - Friday, 17 February 2006, 8:58 AM
Deb Cohen is right.  We should do a mid-semester survey of students reactions to the podcasting project.  I would like to solicit faculty input on what questions we should ask.  I'll get things started ...

1. Have you listened to any of the podcasts created by your instructor?

2. Have you listened to any of the podcasts more than once?

3. Have you listened to...
    ___ at least 1 podcast
    ___ 1 to 3 podcasts
    ___ all of the podcasts

4. How do you listen to them?
    ___ on my PC
    ___ on my MP3 player

5. When or where do you listen to the podcasts?
    ___ during normal study times
    ___ working out
    ___ walking the dog
    ___ during the commute to/from work or school
    ___ other ______________________

6. Rate the value of the podcasts so far
    ___ A or Excellent
    ___ B or Above Average
    ___ C or Average
    ___ D or Below Average
    ___ F or  Poor

7. What is good about the podcasts?

8. What can be improved?

Any questions we should skip from above?

Any questions we should add?
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Re: Mid-Semester Student Survey Questions
by William Childs - Friday, 17 February 2006, 10:04 AM
What I'm most interested in is how they listen to them -- in full, in part, or what? I encouraged my students to use the podcasts not in full, but instead to go back over parts that were confusing. I suggested that they note the time in class they got confused and go just to that part of the class.

You could also ask about whether the availability of the podcast has affected their likelihood of attending. (For whatever it's worth, my attendance rate seems comparable with the podcast to what it was in the same course last year, though I don't take attendance so it's just an impression.)

Bill Childs
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Re: Mid-Semester Student Survey Questions
by Diane Murley - Sunday, 19 February 2006, 3:42 PM
You might also ask if they expect to listen to them later in the semester, e.g., as the exam is approaching.  
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Re: Mid-Semester Student Survey Questions
by Debra Cohen - Monday, 20 February 2006, 8:12 PM

I would like to ask them to identify their school/professor, but it should be an optional question so we get the general feedback even if we don't get the specific feedback.

Other things to consider asking:

If they had a choice, would they want lectures or summaries.

Are they using other CALI study aids -- lessons/CALI Radio

Those are my initial thoughts...


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by John Mayer - Saturday, 25 February 2006, 2:28 AM
Ok folks, it's time to get some feedback from your students. 

Click here to see the survey for yourself and then post this link on your blogs or email this link to your students.


At the end of the semester, we will do something more extensive, but I thought it would be valuable to get some preliminary feedback to see if there are insights or mid-semester course corrections that will help us all out. 

I will post summary results in my blog at caliopolis.classcaster.org and see if it is possible to send you each individual results for just your students/courses. 

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by Debra Cohen - Wednesday, 1 March 2006, 8:54 PM


Thanks for putting together the survey.  I think it looks great   I asked all my students to complete it.  A number have indicated they already have. 

I'm eager to get feedback. How do you plan to proceed?  When might we get feedback -- general and individual. 

Thanks again


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by Diane Murley - Thursday, 2 March 2006, 3:36 PM
Thanks, John. I asked all the legal research students to take the survey, even if they hadn't used the podcasts. One student came and told me he had completed the survey but hoped it would be up until the end of the semester, because he hadn't been able to answer many of the questions. (They really hate not being able to answer questions.) He hadn't used the podcasts yet, but was planning to listen to them to prepare for the research exam. I told him there would be a different survey later.

Our legal research course finishes before the end of the semester - the research exam is the first week in April this year. If the final survey is not ready that early, could I ask my students to complete this survey again? I'm afraid that if we wait until the end of the semester, they won't do it because they will be focused on their other exams.
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Survey Shutdown
by John Mayer - Saturday, 18 March 2006, 1:50 AM
I have shutdown the mid-semester survey so that I can process the results.  If I can get to it this weekend, I will be blogging about some of the summary results (across all classes) and will work torwards sending faculty individual results for your specific classes. 

We got 387 responses to the survey which is a pretty darn good sample size.  The comments are full of all kind of great stuff which will be very helpful for planning the end-of-semester survey and future podcasting projects. 

Thanks to all!

I think we should plan to put up the end-of-semester survey sometime around the end of April so as to get it out there before the end of everyone's or anyone's semester. 

There will also be a survey for faculty.