Using the student voice to plan our Moodle

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On three separate occasions (2009, 2011 and 2013) DCU conducted a student survey on "usage of Moodle". This survey was part of a national VLE survey
that was conducted across all of the publicly funded higher education institutions in Ireland. The paper presents the combined results over the three
years tracking the progress from DCU's point of view. This paper highlights how we used the results from this survey to influence the design and roll out
of Moodle 2 across the university.
The paper outlines our next steps in the process including the invitation for any other higher education institution to participate in this research.

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    1. 1. Student “Moodle usage” survey
    2. 2. Overview • National VLE Survey • 3 DCU iterations- '09 '11 '13 • 2013 figures • >1800 students • 90% Full time students • 40% were first year • 75% under 24 years old
    3. 3. 26 Questions e.g. How often do you use Moodle? If you do not use Moodle, why not? For each of the statements below, choose whether you ..... Is there anything else that prevents you from getting the best use of Moodle? What is the most important thing you would like to see improved about Moodle?
    4. 4. Q1 - How often do you use…? 2009 2011 2013
    5. 5. Q2 – Use of Moodle
    6. 6. Q3 - What proportion of your coursework 2009 2011 2013
    7. 7. Q4 - If not, why not?
    8. 8. Q5 – How useful is Moodle for….? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% ClassAnnouncements LectureNotes OtherCourseDocuments ReadingListsand recommendedonlinelearning resources OnlineDiscussion Quizzes PlagiarismDetection(TurnItIn) SubmittingAssignments; Recommended videos,screencastsand podcasts Do not use Not very useful Useful Very useful
    9. 9. Q7 –Where do you access from 0.0% 20.0% 40.0% 60.0% 80.0% 100.0% 120.0% Home Workplace OpenAccess LabsonCampus Departmental Computerlabs Laptopson Campus Wirelessaccess outsidecampus Mobilephone device(e.g Smartphone,iPh one) TabletDevice (e.g iPad,Android tablet)
    10. 10. Q10 - What prevented you Lecturers notes were not up in advance It is very user unfriendly Appearance is bland Surge in usage prevented assignment upload DCU Moodle crashes No mobile app available
    11. 11. Q11 - Statements 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 UsingMoodlegivesme moreaccesstomylecturers UsingMoodlechangesthe hoursIcanstudy UsingMoodlegivesme moreaccesstoresources andlearningmaterials Gettingnotesononline makesmelesslikelytogo tolectures Iammorelikelyto communicatewithmy lecturerwhenusingMoodle (egaskaquestiononline) Iwouldlikemylecturersto makemoreuseofMoodle Mylecturersmakegooduse ofMoodle Iwouldprefergetting materialinhardcopy handoutstohavingitputon Moodle Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree
    12. 12. Q13 - Most important thing 2009 2011 2013
    13. 13. Conclusions Lecturers use of Moodle It is very user unfriendly, no mobile app Student Focus groups Change in IT infrastructure Integration with existing systems Moodle Clinics Anonymous to confidential

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