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When and how was the survey administered?
The survey was administered via UM.Lessons in April 2006. There was an incentive for instructor and student participants to be entered in a random drawing for $100 gift certificates (2 instructors and 2 students).
How many instructors were invited to participate? How many responded?
All instructional faculty, including graduate student instructors, were invited to respond (n=7,073). There was a 19% response rate to the survey (n=1,357).
How many students were invited to participate? How many responded?
A random sample of 25% of the student body, stratified by college/department, was invited to respond (n=9,260). There was a 27% response rate to the survey (n=2,485).
What happens to the data from this survey?
The CTools team reviews data from our annual surveys and uses this data in conjunction with other information to set priorities for improvements. More Details.
How can I see survey information specific to my unit/department/college?
Aggregate survey results can be generated for individual units by request. If you are interested in requesting such an aggregated view, please contact the CTools team.
After the Survey...
How is the survey used to make changes in CTools?
The CTools team, which includes designers, support staff, faculty advisors, technical advisors, and administrative personnel, reviews the annual CTools surveys and makes recommendations and sets priorities for improvements based on the quantitative and qualitative data gathered in the survey. The CTools team also uses data from other sources including user logs, support requests from users, help documentation tracking, and training workshop feedback to help determine the priorities for CTools improvements. The complexity, urgent need, available staff, and other factors all play a part in determining which priorities are set and how quickly changes can be made to CTools.
Some of the changes that have been implemented based on feedback from the CTools surveys (as well as other feedback sources) include:
- Continued changes to the Resources tool. Since this is the most-used tool in CTools, improvements are continuing to be made to this tool.
- Users can now make files/folders group aware and can also "hide" resources until or after a specified date.
- Users can now also reorder resource files and folders.
- A Tab Management tool (located in My Workspace > Preferences) allowing users to "hide" and/or reorder their tabs within CTools.
- Increased reliability to Sakai, the basic architecture of CTools, as well as the local CTools servers.
- The ability to create groups of participants within a site. Currently, the Announcements, Assignments, Resources, and Schedule tools are "group aware." More tools will be able to use this feature in future versions of CTools.
Major changes to the CTools system depend on a larger set of issues pertaining to the open-source software that comprises the basic architecture of CTools. This software, Sakai, is an open-source Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) that over 100 partner institutions help develop and support collaboratively. Through this collaboration, Sakai is constantly being updated and improved. As a member institution, Michigan can propose changes to Sakai that may be implemented by the entire community. These system-wide changes can then be used to update CTools. For more information about Sakai: http://www.sakaiproject.org
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This work should be attributed as:
Lonn, S.; Teasley, S. (2006). Selected results from the 2006 CTools survey: Ann Arbor campus instructors and students. Retrieved from: https://ctools.umich.edu/access/content/public/surveys/a2_06/a206.html
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