February 03, 2003

Appendices by Chapter: Chapter 6: APPENDIX D: Faculty-Survey Data

Faculty Interview A

How much computer experience do you have?

Response: I would say that I have fairly good experience.

So would you say "medium" experience?

Response: Yes, that sums it up well.

What laptop classes have you taught in the past?

Response: Iím teaching my first laptop class now.

And what are you currently teaching?

Response: Mathematical Science 101

How would you rate your experience teaching in the laptop classes?

Response: Moderately enjoyable.

Comment: There are a few frustrations, but overall I have enjoyed teaching in the laptop program.

The laptop program has affected your teaching by which of the following?

Response: I would say "more work for me," "less work for the students," "more preparation," "less effective contact with students," "more classroom problems overall," "more interesting teaching assignments," and "better assignments.

If you could change one thing about the laptop program, what would it be?

Response: I would have to say "more professional development."

Comment: I did not feel I had enough time to prepare for the class before it started. Needed development earlier than the week before classes.

In your laptop classes, to what extent are the laptops and/or software incorporated into your curriculum?

Response: I would probably say "almost always used."

Comment: I would say four out of five lectures use the laptops.

In your opinion, does the laptop program increase or decrease your effectiveness as a teacher?

Response: It does neither.

Do you feel that the laptop program is advantageous or detrimental to the students in it? Why or why not?

Response: I feel it is an advantage in that they get to see different aspects of a class that a traditional class may not see. In my class, they get to work problems using Excel, not just with pencil and paper, as do most other classes.

Has the integration of laptop altered the structure of your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: Yes, it is much more laid back and less structured.

Has the integration of laptop altered the content of your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: I cover the same concepts, we just get to see computer applications of them.

Has the integration of laptops altered the assignments/homework for your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: Yes, they have book assignments and computer assignments.

Has the integration of laptop altered your class presentations in any way? Please explain.

Response: No - there are no presentations in this class.

Has the integration of laptops altered your use of student groups in any way? Please explain.

Response: No - not much group work.

Do you feel that the students are getting the same quality of education as those students in regular classes? Why or why not?

Response: Yes - they just might get a little extra material.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the laptop program?

Response: "I think the laptop program gives students an opportunity to use skills and tools that they will be asked to use later in life."

Faculty Interview B

1. How would you rate your experience teaching the laptop classes?

Response: Greatly Enjoyable

Comment: Having students who all have laptops (and having one myself) has made possible some assignments that I would never have considered when I taught traditional classes. We arenít confined to the classroom physically or virtually. My creativity is let loose without the traditional constraints and I feel free to explore, experiment, and even fail.

2. How has the Laptop program has affected your teaching by: (check all that apply)

Response: . More work for me, more work for students, more preparation, more effective contact with students, more focus on class content, more classroom problems overall, more interesting teaching material, better education, better assignments, and better classroom practices.

3. If you could change one thing about the laptop program, what would it be?

Response: More professional development

Comment: Professional development is available but Iíve not had time to participate like I need to. I wish the students had easier access to scanners, video cameras and all the necessary peripherals and software to digitize video, CD burners, color printers, etc.

4. In your laptop classes, to what extent are the laptops and/or software incorporated into your curriculum?

Response: Always used

Comment: I canít think of a day when we didnít use the laptops for something.

What effect, if any, do you think the laptop program had on your to retain what you teach?

Response: My laptop students, at a minimum, are more engaged in what we are doing. I have no quantitative research to say that they learn or retain more than traditional students, but students tend to remember work that engaged them. The laptops have allowed me to create more assignments that engage the students at a deeper level. They are actively learning everyday in class, late at night in electronic discussions, over the weekend through email. My students rarely miss class. Who would want to miss class when we have so much fun together?

In your opinion, does the laptop program increase or decrease your effectiveness as a teacher? Please explain.

Response: My teaching effectiveness has increased enormously through the laptop program. The first year required me to spend a great deal of quality time reevaluating my teaching. I had to change almost everything ó from my own code of behavior with students to my assignments, from presentation of course content to where we met. I am confident that I am an effective teacher. I am now less competent as a teacher of traditional classes unless I take the time to integrate what Iíve learned in laptop teaching into the traditional classes ó and that is harder than re-visioning myself as a teacher in laptop classes because traditional classes have so many constraints.

Do you feel the laptop program is advantageous or detrimental to the students in it? Why?

Response: I think the laptop students have a huge advantage over non-laptop students. Laptop students have more contact with me and with one another; they have a community; they learn when, how, and why to use state-of-the-art technology; they see that the technology is a means to the end they desire ó a form of communication that aids in completion of valuable work; they will know how to use technology to do their professional work.

Has the integration of laptops altered the structure of your classes in any way? Please explain

Response: Yes, the structure of my class has changed. Sometimes we build a PowerPoint presentation together based on our reading and then share that file for studying. Sometimes students teach the class. Sometimes we meet outdoors or downtown. My classes are more flexible now because if donít finish what I had planned, we get on the bulletin board and keep going after class ó that night or over the weekend.

Has the integration of laptops altered the content of your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: Yes, in English courses I had to spend some time teaching Web page design and creation which I do not have to do in speech courses. I also have to spend a little time with first-year students teaching them how to use WebCT and the CLE. PowerPoint is so easy that I have not had to spend much time on how to use it, but rather on what features are appropriate, how to design a visually appealing slide show, etc. I donít think the time, though, is spent unwisely. I compare it to someone teaching a child to write with pencil and paper. You first have to show the student how to hold the pencil and to make marks on the paper. Then you can worry about spelling, sentence structure, etc. But what would be the point of teaching someone to write without the proper tools?

Has the integration of laptops altered the assignments/homework for your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: Yes, as I said earlier, my assignments are very different now. Students do everything electronically in speech. Their outlines and PowerPoints are turned in to electronically. Their peer evaluations are done electronically. I canít think of anything theyíve turned in on paper. In English classes, though, I did ask for papers over two pages to be printed and turned in as hardcopy.

Has the integration of laptops altered the pace of your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: In some ways, the laptop program is responsible for my slower pace. Because of the freedom the laptops bring, Iíve built in more authentic projects, group projects, cross-discipline projects and those take more time than an individual project.

Has the integration of laptops altered your class presentations in any way? Please explain.

Response: Yes, the multimedia projector is always on in my classes. Either the students or I am using the equipment to present electronically

Has the integration of laptops altered your use of student groups in any way? Please explain

Response: Yes, I use group projects in all the courses I teach every semester. I did some group work before I started teaching in the laptop program, but now it is easier for the students to stay in contact with each other and with clients.

Do you feel the students are getting the same quality of education as those students in regular classes? Why or why not?

Response: I think they are getting a better education because they are learning more about electronic communication ó which will be necessary in their professional lives. Some people say that we are putting too much emphasis on the technology. One person from the CHE asked my students that question during their presentation last fall. My students practically jumped from their seats to tell her in no uncertain terms that they had to know the material better than the traditional students because they were responsible for creating a Website for all the traditional students to use. They clearly believe that they are learning more through authentic projects that are often only possible because of the available technology

Faculty Interview C

1. How many have you taught in the laptop program?

Response: Four years.

2. What laptop classes have you taught in the past?

Response: I have taught MTHSC 208 and H208.

3. And what are you currently teaching?

Response: MTHSC 208 and H208

4. How would you rate your experience teaching in the laptop classes?

Response: Greatly enjoyable.

Comment: I started the program along with Dean Melsheimer. I have enjoyed seeing this program develop from my first visit to another laptop program in the spring of 1996 until now. I have developed an entirely new way of teaching which promotes active learning.

5. The laptop program has affected your teaching by which of the following?

Response: I would say "more work for me," "more preparation," "more effective contact with students," "more focus on class content," "more interesting teaching assignments," "better education," "better assignments," and " better classroom practices."

5 If you could change one thing about the laptop program, what would it be?

Response: I would have to say "more technical support."

Comment: None

6. In your laptop classes, to what extent are the laptops and/or software incorporated into your curriculum?

Response: I would say "almost always used."

Comment: Either I am going over a Maple worksheet that the students have downloaded and are annotating or the students are solving problems using Maple. We have our laptops on all the time.

7. In your opinion, does the laptop program increase or decrease your effectiveness as a teacher?

Response: Increase. Certain topics can be cover faster giving me time to go into more depth on other topics. I have a lot more flexibility in the organization of the course.

8. Do you feel that the laptop program is advantageous or detrimental to the students in it? Why or why not?

Response: Advantageous. Laptop courses tend to contain more active learning experiences. Research shows that this is important. Laptop classes tend to have more cooperative learning experiences. Research also show that this is important and employers are looking for students with team experiences. Mobile computing is a fact of life in our society today. Laptop students are ahead of the game in that regard.

9. Has the integration of laptop altered the structure of your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: Totally. I give short mini-lectures and then turn to problems solving. I try not to be a talking head.

10. Has the integration of laptop altered the content of your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: Yes. Certain topics can be covered more quickly allowing me to added content depth to other topics.

11. Has the integration of laptops altered the assignments/homework for your classes in any way? Please explain.

Response: Student turn in homework electronically and grades are reported electronically.

12. Has the integration of laptop altered your class presentations in any way? Please explain.

Response: Yes. I donít lecture anymore. I use short mini-lectures together with class activities.

13. Has the integration of laptops altered your use of student groups in any way? Please explain.

Response: I used teams before we had a laptop program. The laptop gives the students another communication tool which supports team work.

14. Do you feel that the students are getting the same quality of education as those students in regular classes? Why or why not?

Response: Laptop students are getting a better quality education. They are being exposed to nontraditional methods of teaching which pushes them.

15. Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the laptop program?

Response: This year Clemson network services has embraced wireless networking. This will allow us to expand our program without the worry about lack of wired classrooms.

See also http://people.clemson.edu/~cselfe/ENGL101103/finalreport.html

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