Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sakai: The Student Perspective

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Mary McMahon - Pomona College ITS
Mary McMahon is the Director of Instructional Services at Pomona College. Susan Kullmann - Scripps College IT
Susan Kullmann is an Instructional Technology Consultant at Scripps College

Benjamin Royas - Claremont McKenna College IT
Benjamin Royas is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Claremont McKenna College. An alumnus of the college (class of 2003) and a long time employee within the Instructional Technology and Client Services department, Benjamin provides training and support to faculty using Sakai and oversees a team of student workers who digitize course materials.

Susan Roig - Claremont Graduate University IT
Susan Roig is Director of Academic Computing at Claremont Graduate University.

The Claremont Consortium administers a biennial survey to the approximately 5,000 Sakai-using undergraduate and graduate students in its member institutions [Claremont McKenna College, Claremont Graduate University, Harvey Mudd College, Keck Graduate Institute, Pitzer College, Pomona College and Scripps College]. Academic technologists and information technology administrators from several consortium campuses will present findings from the 2008 and 2010 surveys. We will identify changes in student use of Sakai; student assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of courses that use Sakai; which tools students find most useful in their courses as well as tool usage patterns, and student suggestions to improve Sakai and the ways that it is used in their classes.

I want to start surveying our students. This session is a good opportunity to see what questions institutions are asking their students. It will also let us know what to watch out for with our implementation of Sakai.

Every year they give the MISI (multi-institutional survey initiative) survey to students and faculty.

Students are increasingly more comfortable and satisfied using Sakai over the last two years.

An overwhelming majority of students find Sakai easy to use (91%).

Fewer students feel entirely unfamiliar with Sakai (from 10% to 5%).

Single sign-on made a big difference. They did not change what they did based on the survey.

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