Why Use Technology at App? Faculty, 2015

Appalachian State Technology Instructor Benchmark Report, 2015

By Educause Center for Analysis & Research (ECAR)

Instructor Survey, data highlights: n = 149

Instructor Technology Experience

  • 70.6% experience good or excellent classroom-based technology
  • 45.7% experience good or excellent lab/research-based technology  
  • 48.5% experience good or excellent physical collaborative spaces 
  • 45.7% experience good or excellent online collaborative spaces 
  • 65.7% experience good or excellent communication technologies 
  • 35.1% experience good or excellent online/virtual technologies
  • 85.3% experience good or excellent technology support
  • 55.8% experience good or excellent professional development using integrated technology 
  • 11.7% experience good or excellent self-publishing 
  • 26.4% experience good or excellent open content
  • 33.4% experience good or excellent support for making courses accessible for students with disabilities

Appalachian State Support and Strategy

  • 47.1% agree or strongly agree improves student outcomes via technology
  • 5.6% agree or strongly agree that mobile learning is an institutional priority
  • 64.7% agree or strongly agree supports faculty technology needs  
  • 35.3% agree or strongly agree provides support for mobile, online, cloud & BYOD environments
  • 12.7% agree or strongly agree funds IT strategically
  • 62.1% are satisfied or very satified with the variety of classroom technology available 
  • 69.6% are satisfied or very satified with the availability of classrooms with multimedia equipment 
  • Priority for seeking technology support:
    • use university help desk
    • work it out on own
    • ask peers
    • internet search

Appalachian State Information Privacy and Security

  • 60.6% agree or strongly agree they understand university, state & federal laws about data protection
  • 24.2% agree or strongly agree privacy & security policies impede productivity
  • 75.1% agree or strongly agree they take sufficient measures to secure research & scholarly data
  • 82.6% agree or strongly agree they take sufficient measures to secure student data

Teaching and Learning

  • 23.6% agree or strongly agree online learning helps students learn more effectively
  • 29.4% agree or strongly agree online learning will lead to pedagogical breakthroughs
  • 61.7% agree or strongly agree online learning makes learning available to more students
  • 45.5% agree or strongly agree they wish students were better prepared for institution-specific technology 
  • 42.5% agree or strongly agree they wish students were better prepared to use basic software programs & apps 
  • 72.8% agree or strongly agree the students have adequate technology skills
  • 36.4% agree or strongly agree that too many students seek technology support from me or my TAs
  • 57.7% agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating ASULearn or like systems
  • 64.6% agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating online collaborative tools
  • 31.5% agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating E-Portfolios
  • 42% agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating E-Books or E-Textbooks
  • 55.5% agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating free web-based content
  • 45.8% agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating simulations or educational games
  • 49.3% agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating lecture capture/recordings
  • 31.5% agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating social media as a teaching & learning tool
  • Agree or strongly agree they would be more effective if better skilled with integrating student:
    • Laptops 33.6%
    • Tablets 27.7%
    • Smartphones 21%
    • 3D printers 21.3%
    • Software to create videos & multimedia resources 69.7%
    • Early alert systems for those with ac ademics challenges  51.5%
  • In-class use policy:
    • Laptops 25.6% encourage or require use
      • 31.1% discourage or ban use
    • Tablets 20.7% encourage or require use
      • 31% discourage or ban use
    • Smartphones 6.9% encourage or require use
      • 69% discourage or ban use
  • 43.4% agree or strongly agree in-class use of mobile devices can enhance learning
  • 67.9% agree or strongly agree in-class use of mobile devices is distracting
  • 20.4% are generally to completely supportive of gamification (37.3% don't know)
  • 33.3% are generally to completely supportive of open educational resources (32.6% don't know)

 Top 6 Motivating Factors for Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning

  • Clear indication/evidence that students would benefit 
  • Release time to design/redesign courses 
  • Confidence that the technology would work the way I planned 
  • A better understanding of the relevant types of technologies 
  • Working in a faculty cohort/community working on the same practices
  • Direct assistance from an instructional design expert