Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Survey Shows LabSim Instructors Value Built-in Reporting Tools

Several weeks ago, TestOut’s Vice President Don Whitnah told you about the LabSim Instructor Reports and Assessment Solutions Survey that TestOut was conducting. He also mentioned that when the results were in, we would share them with you!

The survey results show how instructors at hundreds of academic institutions are using LabSim in their curriculum, and what instructors’ priorities are for assessment and reporting tools.

Thank you to all instructors who took the time to provide feedback in the survey! As we go forward, TestOut is utilizing your feedback to improve the tools offered in each LabSim course.

Please view the survey results below.

1. How important is it for you to review the learning progress of your students (including quiz scores, lab exercises, practice exam performance) using reports built in to LabSim?


Value
Percent %
Not Important
0.8%
Somewhat Important
3.3
Important
15.6
Very Important
80.2

2. Which statement best describes your experience with using the existing reports in LabSim to track student progress?


Value
Percent %
I’ve used LabSim reports, and they are useful.
49.4%
I’ve used LabSim reports, and some are useful.
28%
I’ve used LabSim reports, but they are NOT useful.
2.1%
I’ve used LabSim reports, but the reporting tool is difficult to use.
10.3%
I know LabSim has reports, but I’ve never used them.
7.8%
I didn’t know that there are reports available in LabSim.
2.5%

3. Do you use (or want to use) the following LabSim features as a way to grade your students?
 
Feature
Yes
No
I Don’t Know
Total
Section Exams
88.1%
7.8%
4.1%
100%
Lab Exercises
93.8%
4.9%
1.2%
100%
Videos
42.4%
48.6%
9.1%
100%
Certification Practice Exams
75.7%
18.9%
5.3%
100%

4. Which of the following best describes your need for improved assessments within the LabSim product?

 
Need
Percent %
I need a way to measure student success to qualify for government funding for the course.
15.6%
I need a way to prove competency on the course to justify budget expenses for my school.
30.5%
I need a way for students to prove they have the skills necessary for a job.
67.9%
I need activities that can be scored and used for grading purposes.
72.8%
Other
14.8%

 5. How likely are you to use the following solutions to assess student learning, if they were available in LabSim?


Solution
Definitely would NOT use
Likely would NOT use
Likely would use
Definitely would use
Totals
A single exam composed of lab questions that measures students’ ability to perform the skills taught in the course
2.5%
7.4%
44.0%
46.1%
100%
A tool that lets me write test questions and create my own exams
6.6%
30.9%
30.0%
32.5%
100%
A community where I can share additional test questions with other instructors
5.8%
32.9%
36.2%
25.1%
100%
A tool that lets me use existing questions in the product to create my own quizzes and exams
3.7%
9.1%
33.3%
53.9%
100%

6. Please rank the following solutions based on how useful they would be for assessing your students' learning. (1 is the highest rank.)


Solution
Rank
A tool that lets me use existing questions in the product to create my own quizzes and exams
1
A single exams composed of lab questions that measures students’ ability to perform the skills taught in the course
2
A tool that lets me write test questions and create my own exams
3
A community where I can share additional test questions with other instructors
4

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