Here are some of the findings I found interesting:
- In the pre-test, only about 50% of students said they “enjoy using tools like wikis, blogs, chat, discussion board, etc” with a slight increase in the post test.
- 89% of the students said their group benefited from using technology tools for collaborative work. 80% of faculty said the same about their students work. About the same amount said that the tools made their work more convenient.
- Over 80% of the instructors felt that using technology tools enhanced the quality of the final work.
- Only about 65% of the students said they were “glad” technology was integrated into the course
- The top tools that were ranked “extremely or quite helpful” were: F2F Meetings (85%), Email (83%), Wikis (58%), Discussion Boards (55%), Content Management Systems (52%), Chat (48%)
- The top tools for coordinating F2F meetings were Email, Social Networking Sites, and IM Chat
- Top tools for creati†ng presentations were: Email, Wiki, then Google
- How did technology tools help? Convenience (39.9%), Reduced F2F time (31.3%), Common Place to Store Work (21.7%), Easy to Communicate (17.4%)
- Students that understood exactly how the project related to the course objectives were much more likely to say they learn better in groups