Research:Student use of free online information resources/Questions

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Introduction[edit]

  • Motivation for this survey
    • learn about what free online resources students use to learn for school
  • Definition of "Free Online Resources"
    • these are NOT resources available through UW, don't require a fee or special credentials to access
    • provide information through websites, apps, downloadable content
    • Google/search engines don't count(?)
  • Explanation of data sharing policy for this survey, IRB approval

Respondent characteristics[edit]

1. Which of the options below best describes your current enrollment status at UW? [select one]

  • Undergraduate - Freshman
  • Undergraduate - Sophomore
  • Undergraduate - Junior
  • Undergraduate - Senior
  • Graduate - Masters program
  • Graduate - PhD program
  • Graduate - Certificate/professional program
  • Other (please describe) _________

2. What is your major or intended major? [select one OR free response?]

  • list of UW majors? or is that too long?

3. Which of the options below best describes your area of study? [select one]

  • list of UW colleges? departments?
  • OR, list of generic subject domains (natural science, social science, humanities, etc)?

4. What is your first (native) language? [free response]

5. What other languages do you read and write fluently? [free response]

6. Which of the following types of devices do you use regularly to access the internet? [select all that apply]

  • desktop computer
  • laptop computer
  • tablet
  • smartphone
  • other device (please describe)

Use of Free Online Information Resources[edit]

1. In the past 3 months, which of the following types of free online resources have you used to find information related to your major or area of study? [check all that apply]

  • government websites
  • news websites or blogs
  • encyclopedias or dictionaries
  • free online courses
  • interactive tutorials or educational games
  • question and answer websites
  • audio downloads or streaming audio
  • video downloads or streaming video
  • text downloads
  • social media
  • online image repositories
  • other _________

2. In the past 3 months, which free online resources have you used most frequently to find information related to your major or area of study? [list up to 5 resources]

resource name language primary device you use to access the resource
resource 1 name [dropdown: major world languages. Default to English] [dropdown: desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, other]
resource 2 name "" ""
resource 3 name "" ""
resource 4 name "" ""
resource 5 name "" ""
2a. (if any of the above are in languages other than English) Please describe why you use RESOURCENAME in LANGUAGENAME. [free response]
2b. (if any of the above are tablet or smartphone) Please describe why you use RESOURCENAME on a DEVICENAME? [free response]

3. How do you prefer to consume information from free online resource? [rank by importance]

  • Reading articles or long texts
  • Reading short posts or summaries
  • Watching videos
  • Listening to audio recordings
  • Browsing image galleries
  • Using interactive tutorials
  • Other ________

4. Which of the following factors related to your prior knowledge of a particular free online resource are the most important to you? [rank by importance]

  • my instructor recommended the resource
  • my classmates recommended the resource
  • the resource has a good reputation
  • the resource is popular and widely used
  • other _______

5. Which of the following factors related to the quality of information on a particular free online resource are the most important to you? [rank by importance]

  • the information is up-to-date
  • the information is accurate
  • the information is comprehensive
  • the information is presented in a way that is easy to understand
  • other _______

6. Which of the following factors related to the availability on mobile devices of a free online resource are the most important to you? [rank by importance]

  • I can download information from the resource to my mobile device
  • I can access the resource through a web browser on my mobile device
  • I can stream multimedia content from the resource on my mobile device
  • I can use a free app to access the resource from my mobile device
  • other ________

7. What free online resources do you use most to find general information across different subjects? Why? [free response]

8. What free online resource do you use most to find specific information related to your current coursework or research? Why? [free response]

9. What free online resource do you use most when you are using a mobile device? Why? [free response]