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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.

Survey Monkey

  • Survey Monkey is a comprehensive survey provider that allows customers to create their survey or chose from a wide variety of existing surveys. Customers also have the option to purchase survey responses, buy a multi-user account as well as sign up for the professional or free version. Survey templates are available or customers can create their own. Surveys types include customer satisfaction, healthcare, employee satisfaction, market research, etc. Surveys are available online and mobile and range from comprehensive to simple.

Pedagogical Ideas

This technology can be used in the classroom in the following ways:

  • Academic Writing Requirement Survey – Instructors can create a survey to determine if students understand broad academic writing requirements. This would allow students take a multiple-choice survey for APA and/or GCU writing and formatting requirements. Additional tools related to academic writing expectations include locating and understanding available tools and resources. This will allow instructors to provide more/less information on specific writing requirements.
  • Communication Survey – Allows instructors to determine how students prefer to receive communication about class. This type of survey can be used for instructors to learn what type of communication students prefer including Loud Cloud, text, phone call, and e-mail. Additional tools can be used to implement communication strategies, including Remind for text reminders.
  • Lifestyle Survey – Allows instructors to learn more about their students for personalized interactions. Create a survey asking students about educational background, current hometown, hobbies, activities, clubs, etc. This can be used to personal interaction as well as dividing students into time zone friendly CLC groups.
  • Study Guides for exams/quizzes – Incorporate relevant material from the weekly objectives to help students prepare for exams/quizzes. Additionally, this allows instructors to see which objectives students are struggling with to prepare supplemental discussion questions and/or in-class activities so students better understand material.
  • Weekly Temperature Checks – Allows instructors to create a short survey on the weekly topics in order to check for student understanding. Incorporate commonly missed questions or misunderstood objectives to see if how/what you are teaching students leads to an understanding of the objectives.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Tool – Allows CDS faculty to work with students in the dissertation phase completing a quantitative research study. Students are able to gather confidential research data including qualitative and demographic information. Analysis tools are available to analyze and interpret the data.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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