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Survey provides opportunity for spring semester technology feedback

June 24, 2020

When COVID sent us to a virtual environment in the spring, did your laptop require a gazillion updates? Did you struggle to access the internet at home? Did you write an entire class assignment on your phone?

Tell us about it.


The NIU Division of Information Technology and the University Libraries want to know. To learn lessons from a difficult spring semester, the Division of Information Technology and the University Libraries created a Qualtrics survey they would like all students, faculty and staff to complete.

Fred Barnhart, Dean of NIU Libraries said they hope to discover as much as they can about how technology worked and didn’t work when attempting to learn, teach and work in a virtual environment.

“We want to learn as much as we can from the spring so that we can better prepare for the future,” Barnhart said.

Barnhart, along with Matt Parks and a small group of university stakeholders, have been meeting to discuss lessons learned from spring’s semester.

“We know that many students had technology needs and that staff and faculty also experienced issues. We hope that by conducting a survey we’ll be able to benchmark for the future,” Barnhart said.

The online survey is anonymous and should only take a few minutes.

“This is your opportunity to speak up. We want people to tell us how we can improve,” he added. The survey deadline is July 10.