Classroom Technology at NC State
NC State University

Fall 2005 LITRE ClassTech Faculty User Survey

Thanks for your participation in this important survey. Please answer the questions below
and feel free to add comments as appropriate.

According to our records, you are teaching in a ClassTech classroom. These rooms are equipped with basic electronic instructional technology, such as:

  • Ceiling-mounted data projector
  • Built-in computer
  • Laptop inputs (video, data and power connections)
  • Document camera (aka Elmo or visual presenter)
  • DVD/VCR player
  • Wireless microphone, available in larger rooms
  • Lectern-mounted technology control panel

 

1. Did you specifically request a classroom with instructional technology?

 

2. Which of the following applies to you? (Please mark all that apply.)

Attended a ClassTech Open House in August 2005
Had one-on-one ClassTech training immediately prior to the start of this semester
Spoke with a ClassTech staff member during the first week of classes
Had one-on-one ClassTech training once this semester began

Received ClassTech assistance for a specific problem that arose
Had experience using the equipment in previous semesters
Had other training (please specify):

 
3. How often did you or students in your class use the equipment in the ClassTech room?
Most or all classes
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

Computer provided in the lectern

Document Camera

Laptop inputs

VCR/DVD player

Overhead transparency projector

Wireless microphone (leave blank if one was not available in your classroom)

 

4. How easy was it to use the equipment in the ClassTech room?
Very easy
to use
Somewhat easy to use
Somewhat difficult to use
Very difficult to use
Not in room / didn't use

System controls (to turn projector on/off, switch between devices, etc.)

Computer provided in the lectern

Document Camera

Laptop inputs

VCR/DVD player

Overhead transparency projector

Wireless microphone (leave blank if one was not available in your classroom)

4b. If you rated any of the equipment as "somewhat difficult" or "very difficult" to use,
please explain the difficulty.

 

5.  How often do you or your students use the equipment in the ClassTech room to do the following?
Most or All Classes
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

To build theory (i.e. data modeling, visualization software, simulations)

To access data (i.e.to gain access to digital libraries, databases, music, images)

To collect data (i.e. to gather real-time data, to record sound/video)

To analyze data (i.e. spreadsheets, statistical analysis, problem-solving programs)

To prepare documents (i.e. desktop publishing, presentation graphics, word processing)

To communicate information (i.e. e-mail, information display using PowerPoint or document camera)

To facilitate collaboration (i.e. collaborative data environments, shared document preparation, group decision support systems)

To tutor (i.e. tutoring systems, instructional simulations, drill and practice systems)

To construct (i.e. robotics, construction of graphs and charts, computer-aided design)

To express or perform (i.e. drawing and painting programs, music composing, interactive video and hypermedia, multimedia composition)

 
6.  How important are these technologies to teaching your course?
Essential
Important
Somewhat Important
Not Important

Computer provided in the lectern

Document Camera

Laptop inputs

VCR/DVD player

Overhead transparency projector

Wireless microphone

6b. Comments about importance of having technologies available:
 
7. The following questions ask about some specific ways that teaching this course with electronic instructional technology differs from teaching it without the technology. If you have never taught this course without technology, please think about how it might differ.
a. How does the pace of this course in a ClassTech room compare to the same or similar course taught without instructional technology?

b. How does the variety of topics covered in this course in a ClassTech room compare to the same or similar course taught in a room without instructional technology?

c. How does the depth of the material covered in this course in a ClassTech room compare to the same or similar course taught in a room without instructional technology?

d. How much are your students involved in the learning process in this course compared to the same or similar course taught without instructional technology?
   

8. Past survey data shows that along with the projector, the in-room computers are the most heavily utilized resource in ClassTech rooms. However, computers are also the most resource intensive equipment to support over the long term.
We realize the importance of meeting the needs of faculty in classrooms. We are trying to determine what essential functionality is needed in a computing device and what options might exist to deliver that functionality in the classroom.

How important are these applications / functions in a classroom computing device?

Essential
(4)

Important
(3)
Somewhat Important
(2)
Not Important
(1)

Web browsing

Presentation software (PowerPoint)

Word processing

Spreadsheet

E-mail

Remote desktop (to connect to office or other computer)

Ability to capture data from classroom experiment

Convenience of not having to bring a computer

Access to network file space

Ability to install software

Look and feel of Unity lab environment

Access to other applications found in Unity lab environment

If you use other applications found in Unity labs, please list them, followed by a numerical rating of importance (4 - 1)
     Example: AutoCad 4, SAS 2

Access to applications not found in Unity lab environment

If you use applications not found in Unity labs, please list them, followed by a numerical rating of importance (4 - 1)
     Example: SPSS 3

 

9. When using the in-room computer, where are files stored that you use during your class? (Please check all that apply.)

Unity file space (aka K: drive, AFS filespace, WolfCall, etc.)
Departmental / college file space (e.g. U: drive)
USB device (e.g. flash drive, thumb drive, pen drive, iPod)
Remote desktop
CD / DVD
Web site (WebCT, Wolfware locker, personal site, other sites)
E-mail attachment
I rarely or never use the in-room computer because I use my laptop or other portable computing device
I never access any electronic files in class
Other

 

10. Do you have access to a laptop to bring to your class sessions?

 
11. How often did you seek assistance from any of these sources for help in the ClassTech room? If you ever sought assistance from a given source, please rate your overall satisfaction with the help your received.

Sources of help

Frequency Satisfaction Level

ClassTech or NCSU HelpDesk staff

A student in the class

A departmental staff member or colleague

Someone other than those listed above

 
11b. Do you have any suggestions for ways to improve the support provided for this ClassTech room?


12.
  May we contact you about participating in a more in-depth study of the effectiveness of using
technology for teaching and learning? (Participants will be guaranteed use of a ClassTech room
while participating in the study.)

13.  Please provide any other comments you have about ClassTech rooms,
their support, or classroom technology in general.

   

 

If you have questions about this survey, please call 515-HELP (4357), or send e-mail to classtech@ncsu.edu

 

Last updated 13-Dec-2005 ,tjb/snm