Helping technophobic teachers to evaluate their teaching and students' learning through easy-to-use online surveys

Paul Lip
Caritas Institute for Further and Adult Education
Hong Kong SAR, China

This presentation, which will take the form of a workshop, aims to help technophobic teachers to use a free and easy-to-use online survey to investigate their students' views on their progress in classroom learning and how well they have been taught. It will demonstrate how to make online surveys to get qualitative and quantitative data from students' responses much more quickly and conveniently than by manual analysis of traditional paper-based questionnaires/surveys.

The demonstration will use online surveys created by Zoomerang, which offers clients a free account to design surveys of up to 30 questions and gather and analyse up to 100 responses from each survey they create. Workshop participants will be taken through all the steps involved in creating their own surveys viz. (1) creating a survey using a template; (2) editing the survey title; (3) editing the properties of the survey (e.g. changing the language settings and button styles); (4) adding questions, choosing a question type for each question (e.g. multiple-choice, open-ended) and entering the options for answers to each survey question; (5) designing a theme for the survey; (6) adding a page to the survey; (7) editing the Web Greeting page to greet people before they complete the survey; (8) editing the email invitation message; (9) generating a URL link for the survey; (10) sending email invitations to their recipients' email addresses to complete the survey; (11) sending a reminder to survey recipients who have not responded; and (12) analysing the results by looking at the percentage rates for each question and checking recipients' individual responses.

By the end of the workshop, technophobic teachers will have a clear idea of just how straightforward it can be to use an online survey to help in investigating teaching and learning from their students' perspectives.