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CTools Survey - Winter 2009
Ann Arbor Campus – Instructors & Students

Selected Results

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University of Michigan

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

When and how was the survey administered? The survey was administered online via UM.Lessons in April 2009. There was an incentive for instructor and student participants to be entered in a random drawing for $50 gift certificates (4 instructors and 4 students).
How many instructors were invited to participate? How many responded? All instructional faculty were invited to respond (n=7,702). There was a 16% response rate to the survey (n=1,202).
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=9,002). There was a 22% response rate to the survey (n=1,945).
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.

























Open CourseWare

Open CourseWare (OCW) is a learning technology movement among a growing number of higher-ed institutions. Typically, faculty volunteer to have course material (e.g. syllabus, reading lists, exercises, lecture notes, example papers, tests, etc.) posted on a web site available to the public. The most well known such site is the MIT OCW site, where a large number of faculty have contributed to their institutional site. There are a number of OCW sites at other institutions as well.









Open.Michigan is a university-wide initiative to openly share the University of Michigan's knowledge, educational resources, and research with the global learning community. As a part of this initiative, Open.Michigan publishes course materials and other educational resources on its website with Creative Commons copyright licenses.




















The Rackham School of Graduate Studies at University of Michigan has assembled a special set of tools in CTools to help Rackham doctoral students as they work toward their degrees. These tools, known collectively as Grad Tools, include the Dissertation Checklist that presents the steps for completing the doctoral degree in one personalized view.









Qualitative Responses Coming Soon!



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.

Based on feedback from the 2009 CTools survey and other user feedback, here are some of the changes that were made for the new release of CTools for Fall 2009:

Assignments A variety of improvements have been made based on users' suggestions including support for multiple submissions, instructor-provided model answers, and private notes for instructors/graders
Tabs:
Select How Many Appear
The customize tabs feature is now easier to find within My Workspace > Preferences. Clearer instructions are also provided.
Schedule The default view can now be changed, e.g., set to month or day view instead of week view.
Site Info Site owners can now delete existing site content and replace it with the content from another site during site import. It is also possible to merge site content during site import, as well as merge imported users with existing users on a site. (This method does not import roster-provided users.)


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

 

Questions? Comments?
Please contact the CTools Team.

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This work should be attributed as:
Lonn, S., Teasley, S. D., & Krumm, A. (2009). Selected results from the 2009 CTools survey: Ann Arbor campus instructors and students. Retrieved from: https://ctools.umich.edu/access/content/public/surveys/a2_09/a209.html

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