Habits die hard. I printed out some end of year surveys for my students to fill out about me (as teacher) and the courses they were finishing last week. Because, you know, that is the way we've always done it. How often do we keep doing things the same way year after year?
And then it hit me. What a waste of time and paper.
So I created a survey with SkyDrive and placed a link to it as an assignment on the class page. I had the students hit that link and quickly answer the short set of questions.
This made tabulating the results fast and easy. So much better than sifting through pieces of paper to get the same data. Plus I think I got more comments in the free response questions than I would have otherwise. To say nothing of how legible the comments were.
We have the technology so why don’t we use it more? Habit I guess. But as I look forward I think I need to embrace the technology and model its use for my students.
BTW the following is a screen capture of the survey editing features in SkyDrive. Yes I know Google Docs has something like this but I use SkyDrive as my main cloud storage. And having worked nine years for Microsoft Google is never my first choice.