Needs analysis questionnaire for the VITAL project
You are invited to participate in a research study as part of the VITAL Project (Visualisation Tools and Analytics to monitor Online Language Learning and Teaching). The project runs for two years from October 2015 to September 2017 and is funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme under Key Activity 2 Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education.

The purpose of this research is to establish a clear understanding of how higher education students in different European countries learn online by using learning analytics, and will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. You are free to omit any question.
We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study. To the best of our ability your answers in this study will remain confidential. Data will be used for research purposes only and it will be stored securely on password protected servers.

More information on the project and contact data can be found on our website: http://www.project-vital.eu

PART 1: LEARNING ANALYTICS
1a. Have you had experience of using online learning tools (use of Learning Management Systems, learning websites, social media, serious games, online collaboration tools, etc.)?
1b. If you answered yes to question 1a, please give a brief description of your experience
Your answer
2. Do you agree with the following statement? "I am very satisfied with my experience of using an online learning tool." - Please select the appropriate answer. If you have no idea about this question, please leave it blank and move on to the next question.
Entirely disagree
Entirely agree
3a. Learning analytics has been defined as “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners in their context, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environment in which it occurs” (Siemens et al., 2011). Do you have experience of learning analytics? (For some examples of learning analytics, please see question 7)
3b. If you answered yes to question 3a, please give a brief description of your experience
Your answer
4a. Do you agree with the following statement? "I am very satisfied with my experience of learning analytics." - Please select the appropriate answer. If you have no idea about this question, please leave it blank and move on to the next question.
Entirely disagree
Entirely agree
5. Are there any areas where you see possibilities for improvement? Please give a brief description
Your answer
6a. The VITAL project aims to create a dashboard presenting graphical overviews of students’ online learning activities (e.g. items clicked, obtained results, time spent) to inform practitioners. Do you agree with the following statement? "I could benefit from using a learning dashboard which provides me with data about my students." - Please select the appropriate answer. If you have no idea about this question, please leave it blank and move on to the next question.
Entirely disagree
Entirely agree
6b. Please explain your response to question 6a
Your answer
7a. What indicators would you like to see on such a dashboard? Please select all the categories and/or items that apply.
7b. If you have selected other in question 7a please explain here per category or explain which other category you find important.
Your answer
8a. Do you agree with the following statement? "I think dashboards visualising students’ own online learning engagement and performance could be beneficial to the students themselves." - Please select the appropriate answer. If you have no idea about this question, please leave it blank and move on to the next question.
Entirely disagree
Entirely agree
8b. Please explain your response to question 8a
Your answer
9a. Do you agree with the following statement? "I think it would be beneficial for students to compare their progress to the average progress of their peers." - Please select the appropriate answer. If you have no idea about this question, please leave it blank and move on to the next question.
Entirely disagree
Entirely agree
9b. Please explain your response to question 9a
Your answer
10. What other benefits could you see coming from this kind of tool?
Your answer
11. What could be the drawbacks to this kind of tool?
Your answer
Part 2: Participant information
Your responses will be confidential. Responses will not be identified by individual. All responses will be compiled together and analysed as a group.
Name
Your answer
Gender
Your answer
Age
Position (please tick all those that apply)
If you selected other as your position, please state what your position is
Your answer
Number of years of experience (in each position if you have selected more than one)
Your answer
Institution
Your answer
Country
Your answer
Email address
Your answer
Thank you very much for your time. If you would you like to receive newsletters about the progress of the VITAL project, please leave us your email address.
Disclaimer
VITAL stands for "Visualisation Tools and Analytics to Monitor Online Language Learning & Teaching". This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Project number: 2015-BE02-KA203-012317). The information in this research reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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