The purpose of conducting the Survey on Learners’ Literacy in Web 2.0 Technology is to collect feedback from learners in higher education on their user literacy in Web 2.0 applications and their preference in their learning process. Furthermore, respondents are invited to give comments or suggestions pertaining to the survey and the topic of Personal Learning Environment (PLE) especially their opinion on the use of Web 2.0 applications in their learning process. I’m keen to find out what the respondents think/feel about using Web 2.0 applications and whether they agree with me that Web 2.0 applications help improve their learning experience.
The survey is designed to be distributed virtually to reach a wider range of respondents around the world. Hence the survey comprises of simple to understand questions with answer options. The survey is divided into 4 different sections over 4 pages as followed:
1) Background information – for getting demographic information of the respondents. I only ask for program of study, mode of study and field of study.
2) Assessing learners’ literacy in using Web 2.0 applications – learners are asked to rate their user literacy (i.e. poor, average, super-user or expert) in using Web 2.0 versus Learning Management System (LMS). They are also asked to rate their skill level in a range of Web 2.0 applications and to select the applications that they use on daily basis either for social or learning purpose. The last question is asked if the respondents agree that Web 2.0 improve their learning experience. I have also asked the respondents to provide a reason behind their answer but it’s not a compulsory question. Their answers are very valuable for my qualitative analysis of what they truly think.
3) Assessing learners’ preference in learning process – learners are given scenarios in different learning activities throughout the learning process with options given as possible preferred actions. A final option of free input is given for respondents who prefer other choice which is not in the options that I provided.
4) Comments and suggestions – final page to express my gratitude to the respondents for taking their time to give me their feedback. They are invited to give comments or suggestions and an opportunity for the respondents who are interested to know the result of this survey to leave me their email addresses.
This survey is designed based on the following hypotheses:
Hypothesis 1: The success of PLE depends on the literacy level of learners in using Web 2.0 applications. If learners’ literacy is high, PLE has higher chance of success rate of implementation in higher education
Hypothesis 2: The success of PLE depends on learners’ autonomy in learning process. If learners prefer to learn on their own initiative and require less task scaffolding from the educators, PLE has higher chance of success rate of implementation.
Hypothesis 3: The design requirements of PLE depend on learners’ preference of Web 2.0 applications to shorten the learning curve of new implementation.
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