How much did you like having the PRS transmitters in this class?
|Liked them a lot||51%|
|Somewhat liked them||35%|
|Somewhat disliked them||4%|
|Disliked them a lot||4%|
If you had a choice, would you have preferred this class use or not use the PRS system?
|Greatly prefer the class with the transmitters||55%|
|Somewhat prefer the class with the transmitters||23%|
|Neutral – either way is fine||15%|
|Somewhat prefer the class without the transmitters||3%|
|Greatly prefer the class without the transmitters||4%|
Do you feel that the in-class response system helped you understand the topics covered in this class?
|Helped a lot||56%|
|Helped a little||31%|
|It didn't help or hurt||11%|
|Hindered learning a little||1%|
|Hindered learning a lot||1%|
Did the in-class response system help you stay involved/interested/awake in lecture?
|Helped a lot||56%|
|Helped a little||32%|
|It didn't help or hurt||7%|
|Hindered a little||3%|
|Hindered a lot||2%|
Would you like other instructors to use the PRS system? For this question, assume that you would not have to buy a new transmitter or pay anything more.
|I definitely want other instructors to use the system||59%|
|I somewhat want other instructors to use the system||20%|
|I’m neutral – no preference||16%|
|I somewhat don’t want other instructors to use the system||2%|
|I definitely don’t want other instructors to use the system||3%|
Would you like other instructors to use the PRS system? For this question, assume that you would have to buy a new transmitter or pay an additional registration fee.
|I definitely want other instructors to use the system||10%|
|I somewhat want other instructors to use the system||18%|
|I’m neutral – no preference||13%|
|I somewhat don’t want other instructors to use the system||13%|
|I definitely don’t want other instructors to use the system||45%|
The survey was done in class this past Tuesday using the PRS system, though I ensured every student without a transmitter was able to turn in responses as well. The survey was conducted in the middle of a lecture and was completely anonymous; students saw me select the "anonymous, do not record individual IDs" feature on-screen before starting the survey and were invited to trade transmitters with their neighbors if they desired. Sample sizes ranged from 103-112 students answering each question.
I'm very pleased with these results; I could hardly have hoped for better, especially considering this is the first semester I've used the units. To summarize a few of the highlights:
- 86% of students liked that the class used the in-class response system
- 79% of students would prefer that the class use the transmitters, a sizeable number considering that they each spent $15-$40 to acquire them.
- 88% of students felt the system helped them learn the material; the same number also felt the system helped them pay attention in class better. I'm only half-joking when I say I don't think my lectures as a whole would be scored this high ...
- 79% of students would like other instructors to use the system if they didn't have to buy additional units, but if they had to buy additional units, most students (59%) would not want other instructors to use the system.
I hope to post a grand summary of how things went this semester, but now is not the time. I've spent all day writing my final exam, grading papers, and soaking in the spa, so I'm wiped out. Additionally, I've got a handful of students questioning their in-class response system grades, so we'll have to see how that gets resolved.