Understanding our student and staff experience of learning technologies

‘Nothing endures but change’. Heraclitus. So true.

This time a year ago I was urging students to complete the 6th EHU Student e-Learning Survey and a whopping 798 actually did. Today I am able to publish the full report and recommendations based on the analysis of that survey’s results. We are very grateful for our students’ generosity with their time and feedback. It is our hope that we repay them with year-on-year improvements that show we are actually listening to what they are telling us.

students using a laptop. Cover of survey report

Cover from survey report

 

The survey’s findings shed light on a number of topics:

  • Access to technology
  • Trend analysis in the use/ experience of Learning Edge since 2008/09
  • Positive and negative features of Learning Edge
  • What students think makes for an ‘ideal’ digital learning environment

 

But there’s more …

 

In addition to publicising the student survey findings, this post is also a call for feedback via its sister survey into academic staff engagement with technology, library and services to support teaching. The survey is currently live until midnight on 29th January [now extended to midnight 5th February] and can be accessed from the Learning Edge home page. We’ve even been able to secure three lots of £15 Amazon vouchers for a free prize draw for entrants.

Please complete the survey and help us to better understand your experience of using technology and the services that underpin it. We have learned over many years that success in providing and supporting learning technologies doesn’t come from following a ‘how to’ guide, but is highly context specific, dependent upon properly understanding how people use them – and what it feels like to use them. Tell us how it is for you and contribute to the ongoing improvement.

Lindsey Martin Assitant Head of Learning Services

Lindsey Martin

Abandon survey fatigue and tell us what you think!

Academic Staff Survey

Learning Services have run an annual student e-learning survey since 2008. This year we thought we’d do something different and focus on the academic staff experience instead.

You may have seen slides on the plasma screens or received a flyer exhorting staff to take part in the Learning Services survey … and to date 70 of you have very kindly done so. We want to hear about your experiences of Edge Hill’s virtual and physical teaching environments, Library and resources. We also want to get a better understanding of how you like to keep up-to-date with our new developments and how you engage with Learning Services learning technologists, librarians and classroom support staff.

We know it’s a big ask but can you take 5-10 minutes and fill the survey in? You can access it from http://surveys.edgehill.ac.uk/staff_survey

Your responses will be used to improve what we do, for example, we have used the feedback from the annual student e-learning survey to inform major Learning Edge developments including Mobile Learn, the recent addition of Community, 1-Click access from Go, and our Get Connected student Roadshows. We have also used your feedback from the 2012 Audio Visual Technology survey to identify and upgrade classrooms in need of new AV.

 Lindsey Martin Assitant Head of Learning Services

Lindsey Martin
Assistant Head of Learning Services (Learning, ICT & Media Technologies)