Monday, February 25, 2013

Social Media & Student-Faculty Project Update #3: Final Push!

So Social Media & Student-Faculty Interaction Survey is winding down.  I'm close to the 200 make, and am still hoping to get well over that mark in the ensuing days.  But in a final push, I thought I'd comment on some of the results thus far.

For those who are here for the first time, I would recommend checking out the first post about the survey or even if you haven't, take the survey.

So back in January, I did post some preliminary results to see where things were at.  Since then, there has been an improvement in the number of students, though not great.  The survey still consists of about 45%-55% make up between students and faculty.  But I can live with that.

At this point, I haven't divided the research according to faculty or students.  Thus the two charts below looking almost exactly the same, but I wonder if there will be differences when they are split up according to type faculty and student.
This is general usage of social media by faculty & students.
This is platform usage connected to student-faculty interaction

The quantity of faculty and student interaction is also likely to look quite differently when sussed out according to students and faculty.  The higher numbers are likely to represent faculty whereas the lower numbers are likely to represent students since that is the typical split.  Faculty have many interactions with students per semester in general whereas a student is likely to come into contact with 35-50 instructors over the course of their education.
Number of interactions between student and faculty
One of the more curious questions that I threw out about at what point did the student and faculty interact (before, during,, after) revealed some interesting results.
I was surprised to see that nearly 15% had engaged via social media prior to the start of the semester.  That opens up some curious ideas and thoughts (such as the value of pinging future students/faculty on social media networks prior to the start of class--could this improve the initial class cohesion?).

So those are some of the results for now.  I'm really hoping for one last final push to get more faculty and students to take the survey.  If you are looking for ways to help me, please check out this blog post where I list the ways in which you could help me spread the message further along the digital networks.

Also, I don't think I mentioned this before but I do plan on making the data available for usage anywhere.  That is, I will be granting access to the form and spreadsheet for people to make use of on their own, so if you're interested in that, be sure to either come back to the website to check it out or even subscribe to my blogs.  You can also "Like" the Facebook Page to keep on track with updates.


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