Thomson Learning has released the results of a survey of 677 professors that indicates that the majority of those surveyed are anxious to take advantage of podcasts, blogs, and social networking sitesâ€”and seen them as valuable communication and learning tools. The faculty members recognize the role new media tools can play in higher education, especially because of their popularity among students.
Key findings of the survey include:
– About fifty percent of the respondents who are familiar with social networking web sites say they believe the sites have or will change the way students learn.
– About ninety percent of the respondents who are familiar with social networking web sites say they know about sites that allow students to grade or rate professors. 67 percent have checked those sites to see if they have been graded.
– While the majority of the respondents do not use social networking web sites, those who do use these web sites use them for both personal and for work purposes.
– About thirty five percent of respondents view podcasting as a valuable communication tool.
– About ten percent of the respondents indicate that they have their own blogs. Itâ€™s interesting to note that fewer than eight percent of Americans have a blog.
This survey was conducted over a five-week period. The survey, which began on February 6, 2007, polled 677 professors. The majority of the respondents have been teaching for more than a decade at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The majority of them teach on the subjects of humanities and social sciences or business and economics.
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