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Reporting Blackboard survey results

STEP 7. Analyze the data

Once students have completed the survey, you can view the results on the Item Detail Statistics page, accessed through the gradebook. The simplest approach to analyzing the results is to study the percentage of students who chose different response choices for each close-ended question. [more]

For open-ended questions, identify repeating ideas and themes. [more]  Blackboard allows you to view all the open-ended responses to a question together on one page.

Results should answer the questions you posed at the beginning of the process. If the results do not provide enough information, you might consider creating and administering a follow-up survey.

STEP 8. Make conclusions

Evaluate the results by how well they answer the study's central questions. Your conclusions should be based on the findings of your data analysis and should inform any recommendations.

Having clear, measurable goals will help you determine whether to recommend any changes based on your results. For example: after a survey, the results indicate that a large percentage (35%) of students did not feel that the technology assisted their learning. If one of the technology’s goals was to aid student learning, this result might be disappointing. Based on this finding, you might decide to not adopt this particular technology or developers may obtain more information from users in order to improve it.

Generally, if at least one-third of respondents express dissatisfaction, changes need to be made. If at least one-third expresses neutrality, it suggests adequacy.

STEP 9. Report results

For instructional technology assessments, the results may be presented informally in a meeting with stakeholders or more formally in a presentation or written report. [more]

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