Friday, November 30, from 2-3 p.m. in MRH (SOLES) 135
The following description has been provided by our presenter, Dr. Larry Hinman :
Qualtrics is a powerful and very easy to use survey tool that can, I think, allow the voices of your students to emerge clearly and strongly. This little workshop will discuss some of the ways I’ve used it in my ethics classes and other ways that may be suitable for your courses and also for your departmental business. One of the strengths of this survey package is that it allows you to gather both quantitative and qualitative data. You can ask a question with a 5-point response from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree,” but in addition you can add a field to allow students to comment on the question (a great way to uncover ambiguities and other shortcomings in the formulation of the question) and to give the reasons for their answers. This can all be displayed on a website (with proper privacy protections) and even compared over the course of several semesters. In addition, you can (with proper permission) use questions that have appeared in national surveys, allowing students to see where they stand in relation to a larger population. I find it particularly useful to do such a survey prior to beginning a new topic, and then use it in class on screen to introduce the issue and explore student views. It could also be useful in a departmental context to get quick feedback about meeting times or what colleagues feel about a particular issue.
Larry Hinman describes himself as a guy who likes to fool around with computers. He teaches courses in ethics at USD and most of his current research centers on ethical issues arising at the frontiers of science, especially computing, robotics, and neuroscience. Currently he is working on issues relating to our understanding of space and how this is being transformed by Google maps and other such projects.
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