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Reporting OCA survey results

STEP 7. Analyze the data

For close-ended questions, the simplest approach is to study response frequencies. The view results function of the OCA system provides response frequencies and the percentage of all students who selected each response in tabular and graphical form. Download the results as either an Excel spreadsheet or MS Word document.

For open-ended questions identify repeating ideas and themes. [more]  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 new 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 users 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, the stakeholders might decide to not adopt this particular technology or developers may obtain more information from users in order to improve their technology.

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 reported informally to stakeholders or more formally in a presentation or written report.

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