As part of a Statistics 419 class with Professor Gabrosek, 2 students worked with the eLearning team to gather feedback and suggestions from faculty and students about how the Blackboard environment can be enhanced at Grand Valley State University.
In addition, the STA 419 students presented the results on Student Scholars Day on February 27, 2016.
The survey was completed in the Winter 2016 semester and the sample size of students and faculty that completed the survey in a five day time period were 1907 and 122 respectively.
Here are a few highlights of the results from the survey:
As shown above, 54% of faculty that responded to the survey indicated that they use Blackboard every day. These data matched the “Baseline Faculty Survey” that was administered as part of the 2021 GVSU Strategic Plan. (This survey also referenced that Blackboard was used by 95% of the faculty responding to the baseline survey.)
In addition, based on GVSU’s participation in the 2015 EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Study of Faculty and Students and Information Technology report, this number was also reflective with 47% of GVSU respondents indicating a daily use of Blackboard.
Over 92% of students surveyed indicate that they access Blackboard more than 5 days per week. In addition, in the 2015 EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Study of Faculty and Students and Information Technology report, 94% of GVSU students indicated that they used Blackboard in at least 1 course with 54% responding that Blackboard was used in all of their courses.
80% of the faculty surveyed indicate that they have used Blackboard for more than 5 years.
These data also are reflected in the “Baseline Faculty Survey” as part of the 2021 GVSU Strategic Plan where: Announcements were mentioned being used at 85%, content at 82%, and the gradebook as well as email was used at 78% as the top tools used in Blackboard.
The majority of students indicated a desire to be able to check grades within the Blackboard system, followed by the use of the Bb for assignments, announcements, and content.
Online office hours was reported by students that they would like to see more use of in their courses.
For comparison, in the university’s participation in the 2015 EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Study of Faculty and Students and Information Technology report, 57% students reported that they “wish instructors used” Blackboard more with another 25% responding neutral.
The eLearning and Emerging Technologies team would like to thank Professor Gabrosek and the STA 319 students for their work with our team in helping to facilitate this survey.