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Robert Co
Angelica R
Damien
Eamon C
Theresa Logan
Nuala H
Marion
Claire M
Tom F
The VLE Usage Survey Five Years in:overvie...
In a nutshell
Multi-institutional group working since 2008
Open participation
o integrated in ILTA research strategy
Anony...
Some limitations!
self-selection
response rates
... yet, consistent
results!
2013 Results
with comparisons to
2011 results for same
institutions
I think systems the VLE are helpful
'I’d be lost without [the VLE]. It’s
really helpful'/'I could not survive
academically without [the VLE]'
What do you use the VLE for?
'It provides you with a good
picture of how the semester
will look regarding
assignments thus allowing
adequate planning'
If you do not use the VLE, why not?
What would you like to see improved in the VLE?
“Some lecturers put material up in a
fairly disorganised manner which can be
frustrating when trying to access material qu...
Digital literacy, usability, support
'I like the freedom of having access to info day or night'
“I can learn at home, even in bed”
Where do you access [VLE] from?
“I have access to [VLE]
from my phone.
All notes are portable
and when I have a free
moment I can go
online and study”
Lecturer usage
'My course is very time consuming and
it's difficult to manage study around
this. [The VLE] allows me that time to
concent...
How does the VLE influence learning?
“… write down all useful info
discussed in class beside notes,
prevents me getting confused
when looking back on scribbles...
'Makes me revise more and allows me to
prepare for labs more efficiently as my
lecturer posts videos online in [the VLE]'
How does the VLE influence communication?
Getting notes on [VLE] makes me less likely
to go to lectures
'If I can't attend college because of being sick, or
family commitments, I don't feel completely lost as I
can keep track ...
Receives grades for taking
quizzes/tests within VLE
Receives grades for participating
in discussion forums
“I feel that the use
of online quizzes
and video links on
material covered
in lectures helps
with my learning
of subjects ...
Staff Survey
• Triangulate Student survey information
• Provide useful data for planning internal
professional development...
Emerging Issues III
Educational
Developers of
Ireland Network
Launch 20th June,
NUIM
Themes from EDIN Chapter
• VLE as a content distribution platform
• Consistency of use
• Enhancing and sustaining student
...
[The VLE] has
been very
important to my
studies throughout
the years, when on
Erasmus the lack of
a useful and easily
acce...
Next Steps
Keep going!
Complement with a staff survey
Consider system derived metrics and learning
analytics type data
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'The VLE Usage Survey Five Years in: overview of findings & future directions'. Robert Cosgrave, Angelica Risquez, Damien Raftery, Eamon Costello, Theresa Logan-Phelan, Nuala Harding, Marion Palmer, Claire McAvinia, Tom Farrelly

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  1. 1. Robert Co Angelica R Damien Eamon C Theresa Logan Nuala H Marion Claire M Tom F The VLE Usage Survey Five Years in:overview of findings & future directions “[VLE] gives you direction”
  2. 2. In a nutshell Multi-institutional group working since 2008 Open participation o integrated in ILTA research strategy Anonymous and collegiate sharing o data collected since 2008 o 12 institutions o institutions anonymised, no use of results for PR o common detailed questionnaire o over 20,500 student responses
  3. 3. Some limitations! self-selection response rates ... yet, consistent results!
  4. 4. 2013 Results with comparisons to 2011 results for same institutions
  5. 5. I think systems the VLE are helpful
  6. 6. 'I’d be lost without [the VLE]. It’s really helpful'/'I could not survive academically without [the VLE]'
  7. 7. What do you use the VLE for?
  8. 8. 'It provides you with a good picture of how the semester will look regarding assignments thus allowing adequate planning'
  9. 9. If you do not use the VLE, why not?
  10. 10. What would you like to see improved in the VLE?
  11. 11. “Some lecturers put material up in a fairly disorganised manner which can be frustrating when trying to access material quickly”
  12. 12. Digital literacy, usability, support
  13. 13. 'I like the freedom of having access to info day or night'
  14. 14. “I can learn at home, even in bed”
  15. 15. Where do you access [VLE] from?
  16. 16. “I have access to [VLE] from my phone. All notes are portable and when I have a free moment I can go online and study”
  17. 17. Lecturer usage
  18. 18. 'My course is very time consuming and it's difficult to manage study around this. [The VLE] allows me that time to concentrate my study in a precise way. It suits me just the way it is...'
  19. 19. How does the VLE influence learning?
  20. 20. “… write down all useful info discussed in class beside notes, prevents me getting confused when looking back on scribbles in my A4 pad and allows me to remember the class & discussions”
  21. 21. 'Makes me revise more and allows me to prepare for labs more efficiently as my lecturer posts videos online in [the VLE]'
  22. 22. How does the VLE influence communication?
  23. 23. Getting notes on [VLE] makes me less likely to go to lectures
  24. 24. 'If I can't attend college because of being sick, or family commitments, I don't feel completely lost as I can keep track of everything in [the VLE]'
  25. 25. Receives grades for taking quizzes/tests within VLE Receives grades for participating in discussion forums
  26. 26. “I feel that the use of online quizzes and video links on material covered in lectures helps with my learning of subjects and feel that all lecturers should be making more use of this feature”
  27. 27. Staff Survey • Triangulate Student survey information • Provide useful data for planning internal professional development • Early versions piloted.
  28. 28. Emerging Issues III Educational Developers of Ireland Network Launch 20th June, NUIM
  29. 29. Themes from EDIN Chapter • VLE as a content distribution platform • Consistency of use • Enhancing and sustaining student communication • Meeting flexibility requirements • Good educational design is essential
  30. 30. [The VLE] has been very important to my studies throughout the years, when on Erasmus the lack of a useful and easily accessible system like [VLE] was very noticeable.
  31. 31. Next Steps Keep going! Complement with a staff survey Consider system derived metrics and learning analytics type data

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