Students, Faculty, & Staff Contribute To The Future Look Of ANGEL
Early in the 2013 spring semester, students, faculty, and staff were asked to assist with the prioritization of enhancements to be made to ANGEL by completing a survey designed to measure what the user population felt was most critical. One thousand six hundred and ninety three members of the Penn State community completed the survey, which was available to anyone with a Penn State UserID and password to complete between January 14 and February 4, 2013. The survey was compiled from the list of enhancements that accumulated over the three-year period that Blackboard, Inc., the company which owns ANGEL, was planning on discontinuing the learning management system (LMS). When Blackboard reversed their decision, Penn State decided to continue using ANGEL as the university supported LMS.
The survey was comprised of over two hundred suggestions made by students, faculty, and staff and was broken out by category, e.g. Assessments, Content, Gradebook, etc. Survey participants were ask to select their top five requests in each category. The top enhancement request from faculty was to simplify the selecting email recipients process, wich received 300 votes. There was a tie in the student vote with the ability to allow instructors to make an assessment review available to all students and the ability for students to delete their own submitted file from a drop box, each receiving 620 votes. The top two write-in suggestions were to make ANGEL compatible with all web browsers and to add ANGEL functionality to mobile devices (smartphones, iPads, and tablets).
The attached report contains a breakdown of the enhancement requests as prioritized by students and faculty/staff. Work has already begun on some of the suggestions. For example, this semester we are piloting Blackboard’s mobile app for ANGEL. We will continue to keep the Penn State community apprised of our progress.