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Fall 2006 Survey Results


Question 1

Which best describes your academic role at UCR?

All % of Total
Professor 33 27.3%
Assoc. Professor 8 6.6%
Assist. Professor 15 12.3%
Lecturer 36 29.8%
Grad Student 29 24.0%
Totals 121 100.0%

Question 2

Did the available technology (projector, sound system, document camera, etc.) in the classroom meet your pedagogical needs?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
Completely 78 64.5% 20 7 8 26 17
Mostly 37 30.5% 11 1 5 10 10
Partially 6 5.0% 2 0 2 0 2
Not at all 0 0.0% 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 121 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

95.1% of respondents answered either Completely or Mostly.

Question 3

What additional technology would be needed to fully address your pedagogical needs?

  • View respondents’ remarks.

    Additional Technology Comments

    Academic Role

    Classroom

    Full Name

    Comment

    Professor

    LFSC 1500

    Leah Haimo

    I want to be able to use the screen and the blackboard but had a hard time of it. It would help if one could project at the right and have the center board available for writing.

    Professor

    LFSC 1500

    Christine Gailey

    Reliable sound for both system and mic and less jiggly projection

    Professor

    HMNSS 1501

    Anonymous

    More reliable microphone

    Lecturer

    WAT 1101 OLMH 1123

    Anonymous

    for language classes, really need an overhead projector

    Lecturer

    HMNSS 1501

    Cathy Lussier

    A document camera would be useful in the future

    Assist. Professor

    BRNHL A125

    Connie Nugent

    I am a Mac user, and find some compatibility issues with the clicker technology.

    Lecturer

    SPR 1340 HMNSS 1503

    Kris Miller

    A mouse I can click from anywhere in the room

    Assist. Professor

    SPR 2360

    Anonymous

    It wasn't additional technology needed but sometimes the equipment didn't work properly.

    Assist. Professor

    LFSC 1500

    Gabriela Canalizo

    It would be nice if the PC had a DVD player. Sometimes I have to show two different DVDs in one lecture, and it would be nice if I could load one in the DVD player and another one in the PC.

    Professor

    SPR 1340 OLMH 421

    Susan B. Carter

    I would like more chalkboard space in Sproul 1340. Also it would be really great if I could have students have access to laptops so they could follow along in instructions for some of the exercises I assign. Some students bring their own laptops and can do this, but most do not. I don't need this capability every day, perhaps three or four times during the quarter.

    Lecturer

    SPR 2355

    Kimberly Evanson

    Remote control mouse, to advance slides on power point presentations

    Professor

    PHY 2000

    Allen Zych

    I am not all that familiar with PCs and I am having difficulty with DVDs and CDs that just come up differently (and sometimes not at all) that I have tests on a Mac.

    Assist. Professor

    SPR 2360

    Anonymous

    A big separated blackboard since I need to write on the board, but the one we currently have is mostly covered by the screen .

    Grad Student

    SURGE 170

    Anonymous

    Password to the system

    Assoc. Professor

    SPR 2364

    Anonymous

    Nothing in these small classrooms; perfect sufficient

    Lecturer

    OLMH 1122

    Anonymous

    Multiple languages available in the computer

    Professor

    OLMH 1208

    Anonymous

    Microphone that worked all the time: two screens.

    Lecturer

    HMNSS 1404 OLMH 1116 ENGR2 141

    Genevieve Kaplan

    Projector for regular paper. ie, student's could share hand-written in-class writing by placing it on the projector w/o a transparency. I don't know what this sort of projector is called, but I had one at my last school and it was fantastic.

    Grad Student

    SPTH 2200 STATS B650

    Anonymous

    remote slide changer, laser pointer

    Grad Student

    WAT 1000 ARTS 214

    Anonymous

    Digitized projectors would really help, in both rooms, and a podium with an attached light for Watkins 1000

    Lecturer

    University Theater

    Pamela Clute

    Permanent student microphones in the audience

    Lecturer

    STAT B650

    Linda Penas

    In a perfect world, a 2nd projector and screen

    Lecturer

    LFSC 1500

    Vince Turner

    WHITE BOARD - (WE HAVE A BLACKBOARD NOW)

    Assist. Professor

    LFSC 1500 HMNSS 1405

    Justine McDaniel

    MULTIPLE SCREENS IN LFSC 1500

    Grad Student

    SPR 2212

    Anonymous

    DRY ERASE BOARD INSTEAD OF A CHALK BOARD

    Assoc. Professor

    SPR 1340 SPR 23??

    Dr. Theda Shapiro

    A really good docucam in Spr 1340 would be helplful.

    Assist. Professor

     

    Schiwy

    Document camera, multiregion dvd player, multiformat vhs player

    Professor

    ENGR2 143

    Ring T. Cardi

    Have drivers for video/sound clips installed on computers

    Grad Student

    HMNSS 1501

    Anonymous

    The volume was too low for my video presentations

    Lecturer

    HMNSS 1400 SPR 2365 WAT 1117

    Hsu

    It's good enough

    Lecturer

    WAT 1000

    Christine Pence

    Please change the batteries as they all seem to be old in the box

    Professor

    SPR 2339

    Frank Vahid

    Would MUCH prefer whiteboard over blackboard.

    Grad Student

    LFSC 1500

    Anonymous

    Speakers in the media booth at the back of the room.

    Lecturer

    WAT 1101 SPR 2339

    Anonymous

    Document cameras in more classrooms would be nice; also, would like DVD players with more usable controls

    Professor

    SPTH 1347

    Anonymous

    More board space or digital camera to project on screen

    Professor

    SPR 2340

    Wm. Megenner

    Presently, in a different room, a lectern would be very helpful.

    Professor

    UNLH 1000

    Anonymous

    As long as spare batteries for microphone are always present, there were no problems

    Grad Student

     

    Anonymous

    There wasn't much software on the computer. We play movies from the web from time to time, and none of the necessary players were on the computer.

    Assist. Professor

    OLMH 1212

    Chris Dames

    Sliding chalkboard: want to be able to fill one panel, then slide upwards to work on the next panel

    Professor

    WAT 1000

    Kposowa

    Board for writing and related pen

    Lecturer

    BRNHL B118

    Judy Okamura

    1 separate screen

    Professor

    WAT 2141

    Bob Hanneman

    Possible ELMO

    Grad Student

    SPR 2360

    Leona Fisher

    I would have liked an overhead.

    Assist. Professor

    BOYHL 1471 UNLH 1000

    M Maduro

    A large screen to write on while looking at the students

    Grad Student

    ENGR2 138 HMNSS 1503 PRCE 3374

    Anonymous

    Some "cheat" sheets on how to operate the computer, more projectors would be nice.

    Grad Student

    SPR 2343 WAT 2141

    A C

    None, but it would be helpful if what was there worked

Question 4

Overall, have your classroom technology needs been satisfactorily met this quarter?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
Completely 77 63.6% 18 8 8 25 18
Mostly 39 32.3% 14 0 6 9 10
Partially 5 4.1% 1 0 1 2 1
Not at all 0 0.0% 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 121 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

95.9% of respondents answered either Completely or Mostly.

Question 5

Are you aware of faculty development support services (e.g. Workshops, Luncheons, instructional design assistance) that are available to help UCR faculty increase the use of instructional technology?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
Completely 29 24.0% 13 5 2 7 2
Mostly 47 38.8% 16 1 8 14 8
Partially 20 16.5% 3 1 3 5 8
Not at all 23 19.0% 1 1 2 10 9
Did not answer 2 1.7% 0 0 0 0 2
Totals 121 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

62.8% of respondents answered either Completely or Mostly.

Question 6

How frequent is your need for a "Smart Classroom" (i.e. a classroom with a permanent projection device, Internet connection, speakers, and multimedia capabilities; 100% indicates using the technology every lecture)?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
100% 67 55.4% 22 5 11 16 13
75% 22 18.2% 7 2 2 4 7
50% 20 16.5% 1 1 1 11 6
25% 5 4.1% 1 0 0 4 0
Less than 25% 3 2.5% 1 0 0 0 2
Never 4 3.3% 1 0 1 1 1
Totals 121 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

73.6% of respondents answered either Completely or Mostly.

Question 7

How frequent is your need for a "computer classroom" (i.e. a classroom with a computer for every student or for a number of small groups of students, in addition to "smart classroom" capabilities)?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
100% 8 6.6% 4 0 1 1 2
75% 6 5.0% 2 0 1 1 2
50% 14 11.6% 2 1 3 7 1
25% 9 7.4% 3 1 2 3 0
Less than 25% 38 31.4% 12 4 3 12 7
Never 46 38.0% 10 2 5 12 17
Totals 121 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

Question 8

Do you have a “course web page” in Blackboard or a departmental/personal web site for your students with information on your course, syllabi, and requirements?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
Yes, extensive Blackboard use 82 67.8% 25 5 11 21 20
Yes, limited blackboard use 22 18.2% 5 2 3 4 8
Yes, other web site 5 4.1% 1 1 1 2 0
No 12 9.9% 2 0 0 9 1
Totals 121 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

86% of respondents answered either Completely or Mostly.

Question 9

Do you use the above web site to present material to your students while in the classroom?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
Yes, extensively 27 22.3% 4 0 4 10 9
Yes, but limited 38 31.4% 13 3 3 9 10
No, not at all 45 37.2% 14 4 6 13 8
I did not know I could do that 8 6.6% 1 1 2 3 1
Did not answer 3 2.5% 1 0 0 1 1
Totals 121 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

Question 10

Did the instructions in the media cabinet and the materials available on the website (http://classrooms.ucr.edu) provide the information you needed to use the equipment in the classroom?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
Completely 41 33.9% 9 4 7 11 10
Mostly 45 37.2% 13 2 5 14 11
Partially 12 9.8% 5 1 1 3 2
Not at all 2 1.7% 1 0 0 1 0
Unaware of material 11 9.1% 3 0 1 5 2
Did not answer 10 8.3% 2 1 1 2 4
Totals 121 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

71.1% of respondents answered either Completely or Mostly.

Question 11

Did you find the HELP button on the multimedia controller helpful and was technical support provided in a timely manner?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
Completely 49 55.6% 18 3 7 15 6
Mostly 25 28.4% 3 2 2 6 12
Partially 7 7.95% 1 0 1 3 2
Not at all 7 7.95% 1 1 1 3 1
Totals 88 100.0% 33 8 15 36 29

84% of respondents answered either Completely or Mostly.

Question 12

Did you use the Audience Response System (Clickers)?

All % of Total Professor Assoc Professor Assist Professor Lecturer Grad Student
Yes 13 11% 2 1 3 5 2
No 108 89% 31 7 12 31 27
Totals 121 100% 33 8 15 36 29

If you used the audience response system (clickers) in the classroom, what one thing (positive or negative) about its use merits comments?

  • View respondents’ remarks.

    Clicker Comments

    Academic Role

    Classroom

    Full Name

    Comment

    Assist. Professor

    LFSC 1500 HMNSS 1405

    Justine McDaniel

    Yes, I use them extensively and have gotten very positive results in terms of attendance and student interaction.

    Assoc. Professor

    SPR 1102

    Margarita Curra-Collazo

    Immediate and comprehensive feedback of student learning

    Grad Student

    PHY 2000

    Anonymous

    It is a great way to keep students attention. Also very easy to grade them.

    Lecturer

    OLMH 1122

    Anonymous

    More interaction between the instructor and the students

    Professor

    SPTH 1307 LSP 2418 BOYCE 1471

    Ed Platzer

    Don't use clickers

    Professor

    SPR 1102

    Peter Burke

    Not use yet

    Professor

    LFSC 1500

    Leah Haimo

    Positive: engages students. negative: the receivers did not always register each response (including mine, as the instructor).

    Lecturer

    BRNHL B118

    Judy Okamura

    Do not have them - I would like them.

    Lecturer

    UNLH 1000

    Anonymous

    Still in my first term of using them- seems ok thus far- mostly operator error so far as I can tell- we'll see

    Professor

    OLMH 1208

    Redak

    It is a time sucker if there ever was one!

    Lecturer

    HMNSS 1501

    Cathy Lussier

    I did not use the clickers, but I did recently find out about them and would like more information on them. A handout or an instructional meeting would be great.

    Lecturer

    LFSC 1500

    Vince Turner

    Engages students

    Lecturer

    UNLH 1000

    Cory R. Lepage

    Students having trouble seeing their responses being recorded

    Grad Student

    OLMH 1126 SPR 2340 HMNSS 1402 SURGE 171

    Wendy Hung

    The detector on the ceiling does not always work.

    Professor

    PHY 2000

    Allen Zych

    Difficult to use smoothly. technology really limited

    Grad Student

    LFSC 1500

    Anonymous

    have never used them

    Assist. Professor

    BOYHL 1471 UNLH 1000

    M Maduro

    Lots of comments - I sent to Leo & Israel.

    Assist. Professor

    SPR 2360

    Anonymous

    I am not aware of this function

    Assist. Professor

     

    Schiwy

    Not useful for relatively small classes and active learning

    Assist. Professor

    BRNHL A125

    Connie Nugent

    It took a little work on my part to figure out how to use my Mac with the clicker technology.

  • View respondents' additional comments.

    Additional Comments

    Academic Role

    Classroom

    Full Name

    Additional Comments

    Professor

    PHY 2000

    Roland Kawakami

    For Physics 2000, I prefer to use the "annotate" option and use the touch pen to write on top of a white background. This is basically like a tablet PC. Students like this better than the smart board because the smart board makes the text distorted. It would be nice to be able to get more than 1 screen for writing with the touch pen.

    Professor

    SPR 1102

    Herrera

    Excellent staff!

    Professor

    UNLH 1000

    Michael Dunn

    The idea of classrooms with a computer for each student is very attractive for certain aspects of our teaching in Biochemistry. In BCH 101 laboratory, we train the students in the use of a molecular graphics program, RasTop for examination of protein structures. Then in BCH 110A and BCH 184 we expect the students to use this program to investigate structure-function relationships. A classroom with computers could be very helpful to this effort.

    Professor

    PHYS 2000

    Stephen Wimpenny

    The main problems in Phys 2000 were: i.) computers freezing, having to be rebooted and then not re-synchronizing with the projectors. ii.) lack of a default system setting which can be used to re-set the system to a standard setting before a class after a previous lecture. iii.) problems with the smart board synchronization with the projectors.

    Professor

    SPR 1340 OLMH 421

    Susan B. Carter

    The support staff in Media Resources is excellent. Thanks so much for another great quarter!

    Lecturer

    HMNSS 1503 ENGR2 142 ENGR2 143

    Brian Linard

    The "smart classrooms" are excellent (with the exception of HMSS 1501 & 1503, mainly because of the awkwardness of the media cabinet, and the positioning and size of the screen). I look forward to their future evolution in the direction of the 'flex classrooms' in Surge. A minor annoyance in most classrooms: ambient light tends to wash out projected images; and there is not enough board space available when the screen is down. My experience is that slides are poison to the learning process unless they are constantly supplemented by material progressively developed on the board. This is not really helped by the sheer dominance of the screen in most classrooms - in HMNSS 1503 it is in fact rendered utterly impossible (as you can tell, I hate that classroom with a passion!!). With respect to Blackboard, I stopped using it some time ago because it is such a dreadfully designed product. I don't understand why we waste the University's precious funds on it when there are excellent alternatives.

    Professor

    SPTH 2200

    Yenna Wu

    1. Some students complained that the projected image on the screen is too low. Could this be adjusted? 2. there were times when some parts of the technology did not work (e.g., the mouse). 3. It's very difficult to adjust the window blinds of this room when I needed to show a film or even just use PowerPoint at all.

    Grad Student

    SPR 2360

    Leona Fisher

    You do a great job!

    Professor

    SPR 2339

    Frank Vahid

    A more faculty-oriented method of key distribution and collection would be wonderful. Presently, you require every faculty member to walk to Sproul to get keys -- that's Media-resource oriented. A more faculty-oriented method might involve a media-resource member coming around to departments to distribute and collect most of the keys, with remaining keys available at Sproul as is now done.

    Lecturer

    SPR 1340 HMNSS 1503

    Kris Miller

    Their was a wireless mouse in 1503, but I could not get it to work well more than a few feet from the closet.

    Lecturer

    OLMH 1122

    Anonymous

    Till now I'm very satisfied with the facilities in the classroom. Just one minor point: if you can install multiple languages in the computer, that will help a lot for students who study a language. Thanks!

    Lecturer

    Statistics Bldg. Can't remember room.

    Tim Ballar

    Had some problems calling you one time. Generally, things were smoothly. The 1C class is one time I use DVD and computer a lot. Other classes only about 25% Thanks

    Lecturer

    SPR 2351 OLMH 1123

    Anonymous

    Again, this survey was based on my experiences in HMNSS 1218, not Surge 172. I thought Surge was good technology wise. However, I could not make use of the technology, because all three of my sections needed to use the same materials and function in the same way. Without this ability in HMNSS 1218, I could not use the technology in Surge.

    Lecturer

    HMNSS 1501

    Cathy Lussier

    I really like the fact that there's a Media phone in the classroom in case of difficulty, it cuts down on problems in case of unexpected difficulties.

    Lecturer

    SPR 2355

    Kimberly Evanson

    As I said, having a remote control to advance slides on power point presentations would really free me up during lectures. I often feel tied to the computer corner. Other than that, I love the technology and all of your support!

    Lecturer

    WAT 1101 OLMH 1123

    Anonymous

    For language teaching an overhead projector is really critical; I've been using PowerPoint, which is ok but lacks spontaneity needed for language pedagogy.

    Lecturer

    Usually in Sproul Hall

    Kathleen Knight

    I appreciate your survey. I am a lecturer so I don't fully know what your department has to offer. My main problem is getting on the blackboard. I can't seem to find out who I need to contact to gain access to the system. Please Help

    Lecturer

    HMNSS 1406 SURGE 172 OLMH 1123

    Robert Jones

    Additional and more clearly posted instructions would have been helpful in SURGE 172. Other than that, the service has been great.

    Lecturer

    WAT 2240

    D. Hackelton

    Technology in Watkins was great. Technology in Rivera 138 was terrible. Many computers do not function (two were broken entire quarter). sound system did not work until I brought a cord from home. Also, it was hard to locate who was responsible for repairs/answering questions about the problems with the technology in that lab. The computers need to be upgraded and a capture device needs to be installed so that any student computer terminal can be projected onto the screen.

    Lecturer

     

    Anonymous

    Am interested in using Blackboard, just haven't gotten around to learning it yet.

    Lecturer

    UNLH 1000

    Anonymous

    In my 7 years at UCR, the Media folks have been absolutely outstanding: professional, courteous, extremely helpful, and human. I recommend a pay raise for all of them.

    Lecturer

    OLMH 421

    Karen Bowman

    The volume in OLMH 421 was not consistent - I found that the speakers were barely audible when using either the laptop connection or the DVD player.

    Lecturer

    OLMH 1122 OLMH 1127

    J Ramos

    Love having the technology in the classrooms -- internet, DVD, etc. Really help my classes go smoothly and save on copier waste!

    Lecturer

    University Theater

    Pamela Clute

    I appreciate the speedy help from your operation when there is a problem. Even though my room is far from your office, help seems to get to me in a reasonable amount of time. Thanks very much.

    Lecturer

    LFSC 1500

    Vince Turner

    Please replace the blackboards with whiteboards. The chalk makes me sick.

    Lecturer

    WAT 1000

    Christine Pence

    for questions 11, I don't think I know about the help button so I must not have needed it

    Lecturer

    WAT 1000 SPR 2360

    Sandi Fay

    My class in WAT1000 was supposedly podcast but I don't think my students were ever able to access the podcasts. I think this is a potentially valuable service and would like to explore trying it again this quarter since I am again teaching in WAT1000. Is this program still running?

    Grad Student

    SPR 2360

    Anonymous

    Great job!

    Grad Student

    SPR 2365

    Debbie Hallett

    It would be nice if the computer screen was not visible to the class, not only can they see what I'm doing before I'm ready (to project it) but I have to turn my back to them. 2. Blackboard should have a "Teacher's Materials" link/section that can be set to private so I can post my lecture notes for myself. As is I must post my personal materials alongside materials for the students (under the other available links) which must remain available to the class and students will just print my notes rather than paying attention or coming to class.

    Grad Student

    LSP 2418 PHY 2111

    Yehong Wang

    If the chalk-board can be replaced by white-board, that will be great. Every time I finish a lecture, I will be full of chalk dust on my hands and clothes.

    Grad Student

    HMNSS 1501

    Anonymous

    I'm really excited about the continued use and upgrade of technology in the classroom! It really facilitates communication with the current generation of students.

    Grad Student

    PHY 2000

    Anonymous

    I never understand how to use different computer system for each screen. I mean showing different monitor screen for different projector. It is very nice if you could post some instruction paper at media box. Also sometimes, somebody changed the channel of microphone and it stopped working. It is very nice if you put some kind of indication what channel I should adjust to get signal.

    Grad Student

    Surge 171

    Jan Roselle

    Thanks for always responding so quickly when I have a problem! Your staff has always been a great help!

    Assoc. Professor

    STAT B650

    Anonymous

    The screen in StatB650 is off to one side of the room. Some students sitting on the opposite side have difficulty seeing the screen. I know this arrangement allows use of the blackboard, but I would prefer that the screen be in the center of the room.

    Assoc. Professor

    SPR 2364

    Anonymous

    It gets better every year; this is truly an amazing teaching environment in terms of technology.

    Assoc. Professor

    SPR 1102

    Margarita Curra-Collazo

    immediate and comprehensive feedback of student learning

    Assoc. Professor

    PHY 2000

    Anonymous

    Physics 2000 required addition training.

    Assoc. Professor

    SPR 1340 SPR 23??

    Dr. Theda Shapiro

    I really appreciate the upgrades to technology that have been made during the past several years, and I find the equipment also more reliable than in the past. Your staff has also responded very helpfully to phone calls from the classroom (I really haven't used the Help button), although I don't think I found it necessary to make any during this past Fall quarter. My biggest problem with UCR classrooms now (so many of the medium-sized ones) is that they are extremely dysfunctional because they are deep and narrow instead of wide and shallow, so that the students at the back can't be pulled into the action easily, or indeed monitored well during an exam. I realize that this doesn't refer to Instructional Technology's responsibilities, but if you can pass on this comment to someone who could do something about it, please do.

    Assist. Professor

     

    Anonymous

    Microphone is usually the most problem experienced. Need to have better label on new/used batteries.

    Assist. Professor

    LFSC 1500 HMNSS 1405

    Justine McDaniel

    Wonderful in everyway. The technology services at UCR are much better than at any other institution I have worked.

    Assist. Professor

    UNLH 1000

    Anonymous

    Are there classrooms available with computers for every student? I have two classes I teach in which I would benefit greatly from class rooms like that.

    Assist. Professor

    BRNHL A125

    Connie Nugent

    I will definitely be using the clickers again - they helped stimulate more discussion than is typical for my large classes.

    Assist. Professor

    LFSC 1500

    Gabriela Canalizo

    It would be nice to have a higher quality microphone

    Assist. Professor

    HMNSS 1406

    Margaret Nash

    You make it easy - thanks!

    Assist. Professor

     

    Schiwy

    missing remotes and malfunctioning equipment in the media cabinet make showing clips a question of luck. since i teach media classes these technologies are absolutely key. also see above for upgrades that would make life infinitely easier.

    Assist. Professor

    WAT 1000

    Lisa Stein

    You probably are not responsible for this, but the lighting and seats in the classroom are in dire need of repair.


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