Thank you to everyone who answered Part 11 of the Faculty Engagement Strategies questionnaire.
February’s strategy question was: Does your institution maintain a website with links to local and outside technological / pedagogical / professional resources relevant to educational technology use?
Below I have summarized the responses submitted by Feb 10th, 2016.
Three additional institutions who use this strategy responded, which takes us to 18 total responses of which 13 use this strategy.
For Question 1 How effective do you feel it is? which was on a scale from 1 (Very ineffective) to 5 (Very effective), responses ranged from 2 to 5 and the average came out between Neutral and Somewhat Effective (M = 3.38, SD = 0.96).
For Question 2 Are you planning to continue or discontinue using it? All 13 respondents who use this strategy plan to continue.
Question 3 List the three main benefits of using this strategy: Several different benefits were described by the respondents. All comments fit into already established categories. The three most frequently mentioned are:
· Provides an easily accessible resource that is available 24/7 and promotes faculty self-sufficiency (10)
· Provides a central location for broad, searchable and curated collection of resources (9)
· Provides helpful resource illustrating and focusing on best practices (not just technology) when talking to faculty and doing training (3)
For the full results go to Part 11 Results
Question 4 List the three main issues to consider when using or introducing this strategy: A few new issues were described by the respondents while existing issues also gained votes. The three most frequently mentioned is:
· Gathering and maintaining comprehensive site resources while keeping them current (10)
· Organization, structure and formatting of resources while keeping content engaging, not just a static info dump (7)
· Ensuring that resources are easily located and publicized to the appropriate audience (6)
For the full results go to Part 11 Results
The results for Question 5 Which strategy do you think holds the biggest potential for faculty engagement? Saw votes for three different strategies. Again, a vote for strategy 3 Maintain a faculty grant program for technology-assisted course development … was entered, bringing it to 15 total votes. The second-most popular strategy also gained another vote, bringing strategy 5 Use learning communities or educational technology cohort groups… up to 9 votes. One respondent also suggested a new strategy: Use peer liaisons in the academic unit to demonstrate successful techniques and to provide local guidance. Note that the user perceived this as different from the already-included strategy to Use IT liaisons…. It is very possible that peers may be more attractive for faculty to seek help from than an IT staff person.
Please see the Biggest Potential page for the full list.
Question 6 What is the biggest obstacle to faculty engagement and training at your institution? The all-time favorite obstacle Time gained yet another vote this time. This vote, together with a recategorization of a few responses brings it to a total of 25. The issue of Teaching and Educational innovations, including effective use of educational technology, are not part of faculty evaluation criteria also gained another vote, taking it to 4 total.
Take a look at the Biggest Obstacles results page for the full ranking.
For Question 7 Other Comments one new comment was submitted, which expresses the frustration that many in the faculty and educational technology support community probably experience to a smaller or greater extent in their work.
The comment read:
It is a constant struggle to put tools in the hands of faculty. Even faculty who seek out these resources may not know what they're looking for, or choose technology for technology's sake. Part-time and entrenched faculty will actively dismiss efforts to present these resources due to time constraints or because they feel they are being forced to change what already works fine in their view.
Please note that these data were compiled based on themes identified by me only. I did not employ any particular framework and it is possible that another analyst or rater might see different patterns or categorize responses differently.
Next week, look out for Part 12 of the survey, which asks: Does your institution regularly publish an educational technology newsletter with links to news items, resources, etc. for faculty?
As always, feel free to write me with any questions or comments.
Jacob E. Larsen, Ph.D.
Emerging Technology Specialist
Iowa State University
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