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Technology Survey Results - Class of 2006

In an effort to better understand the technology needs and preferences of our incoming students, the Class of 2006 was surveyed via postal mail prior to the start of Fall 2002. In total, we received 62 surveys returned from 76 students. These are the results of that survey.

Part I: Attitude Toward Computers

  1. I am confident about my ability to use a computer for general course work.
    • 49 Strongly Agree
    • 11 Somewhat Agree
    • 0 No Opinion
    • 2 Somewhat Disagree
    • 0 Strongly Disagree
  2. I want the opportunity to use computers as much as possible in my course work.
    • 14 Strongly Agree
    • 30 Somewhat Agree
    • 8 No Opinion
    • 8 Somewhat Disagree
    • 1 Strongly Disagree
  3. I want to access course materials online.
    • 30 Strongly Agree
    • 26 Somewhat Agree
    • 1 No Opinion
    • 4 Somewhat Disagree
    • 0 Strongly Disagree
  4. I would be interested in taking some courses designed to use web, video, e-mail and other technologies so that I can work from home rather than attend class (or attend class less often).
    • 9 Strongly Agree
    • 23 Somewhat Agree
    • 3 No Opinion
    • 13 Somewhat Disagree
    • 14 Strongly Disagree
  5. I want my instructors to use technology in the classroom for presentations and demonstrations.
    • 33 Strongly Agree
    • 20 Somewhat Agree
    • 4 No Opinion
    • 4 Somewhat Disagree
    • 1 Strongly Disagree
  6. I would have preferred to answer this survey on-line.
    • 16 Strongly Agree
    • 18 Somewhat Agree
    • 18 No Opinion
    • 6 Somewhat Disagree
    • 4 Strongly Disagree

Part II: Technology Ownership

  1. What kind of electronic devices will you bring to your school residence?(check all that apply):
    • 40 Desktop Computer
    • 23 Laptop Computer
    • 11 NPDA (Palm, Visor, Jornada, Ipaq, etc.)
    • 40 Cell Phone
    • 0 Pager
    • 46 Printer
  2. What operating system(s) do you run on your computer?
    • 7 Windows 95
    • 31 Windows 98
    • 5 Windows ME
    • 0 Windows NT
    • 8 Windows 2000
    • 8 Windows XP
    • 3 Mac OS X
    • 1 MAC OS (all other versions)
    • 0 Linux
    • 0 Unix
    • 0 Dual Boot(Windows 9xxx or ME/Windows NT)
    • 0 Dual Boot(Windows 9xxx or ME/Windows 2000)
    • 0 Dual Boot(any Windows/Linux)
    • 2 Does not apply
  3. Does your computer have a wireless network card?
    • 12 Yes
    • 32 No
    • 0 I don't know
  4. What will be your primary connection to the Internet from your school residence?
    • 1 ResNet (direct Ethernet from campus residence halls or Greek Court)
    • 13 Cable Modem(Roadrunner)
    • 3 DSL (BellSouth or other)
    • 19 Dial-up
    • 19 Modem
    • 5 None
  5. What Web Browser do you primarily use on your computer?
    • 47 Internet Explorer
    • 13 Netscape
    • 0 Mozilla
    • 0 Opera
    • 4 Other (please specify):____________________________
    • 2 None
  6. What Word Processor do you primarily use on your computer?
    • 52 Microsoft Word
    • 2 WordPerfect
    • 0 Word Pro
    • 0 Star Office
    • 7 Other (please specify):Microsoft Works
    • 0 None

Part III: Computing Experience

  1. How would you rate your proficiency in File Management:

    A. Delete, move, rename or copy files.

    • 25 Excellent
    • 24 Good
    • 8 Average
    • 6 Below Average
    • 0 Poor

    B. Create and manage folders and directories.

    • 23 Excellent
    • 15 Good
    • 12 Average
    • 8 Below Average
    • 2 Poor
  2. How would you rate your proficiency in Word-Processing?

    A. Perform general formatting on text(change font sizes, select, copy, move, center, underline, bold, number pages, etc).

    • 47 Excellent
    • 13 Good
    • 3 Average
    • 1 Below Average
    • 1 Poor

    B. Insert and modify images, tables, etc.

    • 21 Excellent
    • 25 Good
    • 11 Average
    • 2 Below Average
    • 3 Poor

  3. How would you rate your proficiency in Spreadsheets?

    A. Perform general data entry(use different numeric formats, change column widths, insert rows/columns, cut/paste values, etc.?)

    • 24 Excellent
    • 16 Good
    • 16 Average
    • 1 Below Average
    • 5 Poor

    B. Use functions and formulas for common tasks(sum and average ranges of cells, apply simple financial functions, specify absolute and relative cell addresses).

    • 5 Excellent
    • 19 Good
    • 20 Average
    • 9 Below Average
    • 9 Poor

    C. Create spreadsheet charts(pie charts, bar charts, etc.)

    • 14 Excellent
    • 14 Good
    • 17 Average
    • 8 Below Average
    • 8 Poor

  4. How would you rate your proficiency in E-Mail?

    A. Send, receive, copy and forward e-mail.

    • 49 Excellent
    • 10 Good
    • 3 Average
    • 0 Below Average
    • 0 Poor

    B. Send and receive attachments.

    • 37 Excellent
    • 16 Good
    • 5 Average
    • 2 Below Average
    • 2 Poor

  5. How would you rate your proficiency in World Wide Web?

    A. Use the Web for searching for and locating specific information.

    • 30 Excellent
    • 25 Good
    • 5 Average
    • 2 Below Average
    • 0 Poor

    B. Create your own Web pages.

    • 0 Excellent
    • 8 Good
    • 13 Average
    • 10 Below Average
    • 28 Poor
    • 2
    • Never Tried

  6. What computer skills would you like to learn?
    • 15 Presentation Graphics/Microsoft PowerPoint
    • 7 Database Management/Microsoft Access
    • 18 HTML/Web Editing
    • 15 Financial Applications/Spreadsheets/Microsoft Excel
    • 4 Web Browsing/Microsoft Internet Explorer
    • 4 File Management