August 2012 incoming students: habits, experiences & plans

This survey asks you to describe your past experiences with teaching, technology, and the web. There are no right / wrong answers!

Individual responses will never be shared publicly, but as a set they will help inform the development of technology integration within the MA TESOL / TFL program.

In many cases, as incoming students, the answer to these questions will be 'NO' -- that's to be expected, just keep on going.

Thanks!

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A red asterisk (*) indicates required questions.


  1. In terms of my prior teaching experience, I have ... [ select all that apply ]*
    never taught in a classroom before
    tutored students in small groups (but not formal classes)
    worked as a classroom teacher for 2 or more years, but NOT languages
    been a classroom language teacher for 1-2 years
    been a classroom language teacher for 3-5 years
    been a classroom language teacher for 6-10 years
    been a classroom language teacher for 11 + years


  1. Please briefly describe any prior teaching experience (ie, "2 years tutoring middle school students in reading", or "3 years teaching EFL in a Japanese high school", etc) -- if none, just say so!*


  1. What does the word TECHNOLOGY mean to you? What's included? Please use examples from your daily life to explain what this very broad category means to you.*


  1. When faced with the prospect of learning new technologies, I generally tend to ... *
    run the other direction!
    participate in a guided, hands-on workshop with lots of help
    have a friend show me how it works
    read online (or print) documentation to figure it out
    figure it out by just starting to use it, and see how it goes


  1. How would you characterize your current RELATIONSHIP with technology? Love it? Hate it? On again / off again? Totally addicted? Still in that early 'just getting to know you' stage?*


  1. To what extent are digital technologies and devices a part of your daily life? Describe a typical day or week (how often you're online, how long you stay online, frequently visited sites, how many devices you have & use regularly, etc).*


  1. DIGITAL MEDIA: Please describe your current abilities and future interests related to working with digital photos, digital audio and digital video. Describe any prior experience with (or interest) you have in terms of specific tools. What can you already do and what would you still like to learn?*


  1. BLOGS / WEBSITES: Please describe your current abilities and future interests related to working with online publishing platforms of any kind (blogs, websites, wikis, etc). Describe any prior experience (or interest) you have in terms of specific tools. What can you already do and what would you still like to learn?*


  1. SOCIAL MEDIA: Do you use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networking sites here in the US, or overseas? Describe the extent to which you use (or don't use) sites such as these (including overseas parallels such as Mixi, Hi5, etc). *


  1. When working with digital technologies of any kind (small & large devices, the web, etc) how likely are you to be worried that you'll BREAK it? How often does technology frustrate you to the point of just walking away (or avoiding it entirely in the first place)?*


  1. As a FORMAL LEARNER of languages, what kinds of experiences have you had of using technology (ie, in language courses you've taken)? Describe both positive and negative experiences. What have you tried? What have you liked / not liked?*


  1. As an INFORMAL learner, on your own, what kinds of experiences have you had of using technology for language learning (both overseas and here in the U.S.). What sites or tools have you tried? What have you liked (would recommend) or not liked?*


  1. As a language TEACHER, how often have you led tech-related projects with your own language students? Please describe any experiences you have had in integrating technology into language teaching. What are you already comfortable doing? What do you want or need to learn next?*


  1. Getting a job: Do you currently have a professional portfolio online that can be shown to potential employers, with examples of your work? If so, please share the link. If not, would you be interested in a series of short workshops to help you develop one by the time you graduate?*


  1. In your opinion, based on your own experiences, what are the greatest opportunities and advantages of integrating technology into learning and teaching in general, and language learning specifically?*


  1. In your opinion, based on your own experiences, what are the most significant challenges or drawbacks of integrating technology into learning and teaching in general, and language learning specifically?*


  1. NEXT STEPS: In terms of course advising for fall semester and beyond, what new computer / technologies / web-based things / technology-enhanced activities are you interested in learning more about? (for personal, academic, and professional purposes): *


  1. I would like to take a minimum of one short 1-credit workshop each semester, in order to slowly build my technical abilities and basic comfort level with technology.*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I am considering the full 12-unit technology integration (CALL) specialization, or I will be doing LPA and wish to add a technology element to that specialization.*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. I'm not able to complete a full specialization, but would like to take as many 1-2 credit technology electives as I can (up to a max of 16 total units per semester) in order to complement my core MA courses in the digital realm.*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree


  1. At this (early!) point, what do you believe your timeline will be at MIIS? 3 semesters? 4 semesters? (ie, adding a specialization). Will you be leaving for PCMI? Are you Advanced Entry (2 semesters + summer)? Tentative plans are likely all you've got at the moment: How do things currently look for you?*


  1. Thanks for completing this survey!

    Anything else you'd like us to know related to technology? Your attitudes, uses, goals for the future, questions, concerns, etc? *