CS 4624 Multimedia, Hypertext and Information Access
Post-test, S97


This Post-Test Survey should not be printed, or looked at by anyone not about to complete CS4624.



Please mark all answers in the appropriate spot(s) on a large opscan form.

The information you provide as answers will be used by the CS Dept. to improve this course and for an NSF funded study. All information will be kept in the strictest confidence. Individual information will not be released or reported in any document. Only group statistics will be included in publications dealing with this study. Do NOT mark your name or student ID number on the opscan, to preserve your anonymity. Return your opscan to your instructor, with "CS4624 S97" and your lab day (Tue or Thu) marked on the top.

Note: "during this course" refers to any actions taken this semester.
Note: "your computer" refers to any computer in your possession, home or office.
  1. In addition to the computers used in the labs and field trip sites, did you make extensive use of any other computer (e.g., your own) during this course? If so, what type was it? (Please pick the best choice below.)
    1. I have used no other computer.
    2. I have used Intel PC or compatible.
    3. I have used Macintosh.
    4. I have used Unix Workstation.
    5. I have used another type.

    For the next set of questions, reply either:
    1. Yes.
    2. No.
  2. Does your computer have a CD-ROM reader?
  3. Have you set up your computer to allow you or others to login to it by phone or over some network during this course?
  4. Do you (or have you) run a bulletin board or FTP site on your computer due to this course?
  5. Have you accessed an account on a commercial network such as CompuServe, Genie, Prodigy or America On-line as a result of this course?
    For the next two questions, please choose from among these answers:
    1. none
    2. 0-2 hours
    3. 2-5 hours
    4. 5-10 hours
    5. 10-15 hours
    6. 15-20 hours
    7. more than 20 hours
  6. How many hours of a typical week did you spend using a computer to do (any type of) class-related work (for all your courses) this semester?
  7. How many hours of a typical week did you spend using a computer for things OTHER than classwork or employment (job)? Include things like playing games, accessing networks, emailing friends, reading news, etc.
    For the next three questions, please estimate how you divide the time you spend using a computer for NON-JOB RELATED ACTIVITIES (i.e., classwork and personal computing). Each number means 10%; thus, mark 5 if you spend 50% of your computer time at that location. Divide your time as best you can such that the three add to 100%.
  8. your computer or that of a family member or friend
  9. a school classroom or lab computer
  10. a computer at work

    For the next set of questions please give one best response from among the following:
    1. I have never used this program or system.
    2. I have used it only once or twice.
    3. I have used it less than 10 times.
    4. I have used it 10 or more times.
    5. I have used this program or system frequently.
  11. FTP
  12. Mosaic, Netscape, Lynx, MacWeb, Cello, or other WWW browser
  13. Gopher
  14. Kermit (or other terminal emulation communication program)
  15. email on Internet
  16. email on a LAN
  17. email on a commercial network
  18. any news group reader (e.g., USENET, LISTSERV)
  19. any library OPACS (On-line Public Access Catalogs) (e.g., MARIAN, VTLS)?
  20. MOOs, MUDs, WOOs or MUSHes
  21. Archie
  22. Telnet
  23. Veronica
  24. PKZIP, Stuffit, Compact Pro, compress, gzip, cjpeg, or other compression program
  25. CD-ROM software and/or application
  26. KMS, HyperCard, ToolBook, SuperCard, or other non-WWW hypertext/hypermedia system
  27. Macromedia Director, AuthorWare, or other hypermedia authoring system
  28. Lotus 123, Microsoft Excel, Quatro Pro, or other spreadsheet program
  29. MacDraw, MacPaint, CorelDraw, Illustrator, Photoshop or other draw/paint/image program
  30. editors for HTML or SGML (e.g., Author/Editor, HoTMetaL, PageMill)
  31. MacWrite, Word, Word Perfect, or other word processing program
  32. dBase, FoxPro, Sybase, Paradox, or other database program
  33. MIDI or digital audio playback on computer (including SoundEdit)
  34. Adobe Premiere, Radius Edit or other digital movie/video editing software
  35. QuickTime, Video for Windows, DVI, MPEG or other digital movie/video playback software
    For the following questions, select the single best answer:
  36. How did you read articles assigned for the course?
    1. using a page image viewing routine (e.g., Dienst, IBM digital library, xprcedit)
    2. from a printed journal copy
    3. from a reserve copy of the articles
    4. from a copy you made of the articles
    5. another way
  37. PostScript is?
    1. a scheme for mail
    2. a multimedia system
    3. a programming language for pages
    4. a database language
  38. JPEG is?
    1. a scheme for text compression
    2. a scheme for audio compression
    3. a proprietary vendor standard
    4. an international image compression standard
    5. a programming language
  39. Boolean queries are most useful for?
    1. accessing digital audio
    2. searching text databases
    3. authoring hypermedia
    4. speech recognition
  40. Hypertext almost always includes?
    1. audio files
    2. equations
    3. links
    4. video files
  41. A knowbot is?
    1. a type of knowledge base
    2. a hardware device
    3. something that works on networks
    4. a person

    For the next set of questions, please choose from among these answers:
    1. 1 kilobyte
    2. 10 kilobytes
    3. 100 kilobytes
    4. 1 megabyte
    5. 10 megabytes
    6. 100 megabytes
    7. 1 gigabyte
    8. 10 gigabytes
    9. 100 gigabytes
  42. Good quality digital audio data typically requires about how much space per minute in compressed form?
  43. Good quality digital video data typically requires about how much space per minute in uncompressed form?
  44. Good quality digital video data typically requires about how much space per minute in compressed form?
  45. A single CD-ROM can store about how much information?
  46. A typical local area network (e.g., ethernet, token ring) can transport how much information per second?
    Survey of WWW Usage

  47. How often did you check into the CS 4984 class WWW info?
    1. daily
    2. biweekly
    3. once a week
    4. less frequently
  48. What facility did you primarily use?
    1. home system
    2. CS laboratory (e.g., McB 116)
    3. one of the University Macintosh laboratories
    4. a computer in your office
    5. other
  49. Did you print off pages from the WWW?
    1. always
    2. frequently
    3. assignments only
    4. never
  50. Did you read long WWW articles from a screen or did you print them for reading?
    1. always from screen
    2. usually from screen
    3. sometimes from screen and sometimes from printed page
    4. usually from printed page
    5. always from printed page
  51. What WWW page did you use as your primary CS4984 entry point?
    1. Calendar
    2. Outline
    3. Announcements
    4. Glossary
    5. Home page
    6. Assignments page
    7. Index page
  52. How many items do you have on your hotlist/bookmarks (estimate)?
    1. less than 5
    2. 6-10
    3. 10-20
    4. more than 20
  53. Having on-line course information that can be updated regularly so that I can always find out the latest information about the course is:
    1. overdoing things
    2. OK
    3. distracting
    4. a waste of time
  54. Compared to having notes on file at the reserve desk of the library and/or a copy center, is the use of WWW:
    1. very much better
    2. somewhat better
    3. about the same
    4. somewhat worse
    5. very much worse
  55. Having interactive modules, collaboration support tools, course notes and class materials available on WWW is, compared to the usual course arrangement:
    1. very much better
    2. somewhat better
    3. about the same
    4. somewhat worse
    5. very much worse

    For the following questions, please reply using the following choices:
    1. true
    2. somewhat true
    3. neutral
    4. somewhat false
    5. false
  56. There are pages and links on the WWW related to this course that I have never visited.
  57. I would like to see MORE reading material anywhere on the WWW rather than having to visit the library or buy the book.
  58. When I get on WWW to visit the class notes I also visit many other sites on the Web.
  59. I like the idea that the material presented in class is also available on the WWW.
  60. I would pay a fee for WWW access to copyrighted material rather than buying the textbook (assuming that the overall cost was less than the cost of the book).
  61. I would like to have access to a more comprehensive digital library in computer science than is now available, instead of having to access materials in paper/journal/book format.
  62. Often I may want to do work on this course but getting to the WWW is too difficult and so I will do something else.
  63. The idea of a paperless course is ridiculous.
  64. The concept of a paperless course - that makes all assignments, examinations, and student interaction possible through WWW or email - should be extended to a number of other courses at the University.
  65. I would welcome having most courses at the University be paperless courses, functioning similarly to this course.
  66. I believe that I could successfully complete this course without ever going to the lectures.
  67. Entries on the WWW should be much more limited - consisting only of the outlines of articles and books (to provide emphasis) - with all course materials on paper instead, and available both at copy centers and on reserve at the library.
  68. I would prefer paper to the WWW material because I can highlight and write on paper notes.
  69. In general, the use of images to break up the look of WWW pages makes the pages look more attractive and eye catching.
  70. The use of "pretty" images in the text of a WWW page takes a long time to down load and display, and should be discouraged.
  71. When I use Mosaic or Netscape, I generally work with the "auto-load images" option turned off.
  72. I miss out on information about the course because I do not have ready access to the WWW pages.
  73. MOOs are terrible to work with and should not be used with courses.
  74. I learned a lot about myself and people from working in groups for exercises and the term project.
  75. Having a term project helped me understand the course topics better, and see how they are integrated, than if we only had Units and a Final.
    In the next questions, how would you best describe yourself?
  76. I am a:
    1. morning person
    2. 9-5 type
    3. night owl
    4. alert all times of day
  77. I am:
    1. very well organized
    2. moderately well organized
    3. disorganized
  78. I am:
    1. an extrovert
    2. somewhat outgoing
    3. neither extrovert nor introvert
    4. somewhat quiet
    5. introverted

    For the following questions, please reply using the following choices:
    1. very much better
    2. somewhat better
    3. about the same
    4. somewhat worse
    5. very much worse
  79. Is the fact that you could take quizes whenever and wherever you find most convenient better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  80. Is the time it took to get works graded better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  81. Is the use of email for quizes and other communication with the instructor better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  82. Is the availability of the instructor to tutor in person better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  83. Is the availability of the instructor through the listserv better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  84. Is the way WWW was used in class for lectures better than the way lectures are given in other courses at Virginia Tech?
  85. Are Unit Assignments, with various parts, including exercises and readings, better than other types of assignments found in other courses at Virginia Tech?
  86. Is the fact that lectures are optional better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  87. Is the fact that many of the classes were held in the lab better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  88. Is the way you are allowed to work at your own pace in this course better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  89. Is the fact that you get full credit for a unit no matter how much time and how many quizes it takes to master it, better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  90. Is the way the final is run, in a lab with the same type of information access as was available during the semester, better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  91. In general, is the Personalized System of Instruction format of this course better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
  92. Is having a term project, done in groups, better than the way other courses are run at Virginia Tech?
    Consider the following changes that could be made to the WWW materials for this course. For each of the following, indicate if the change would make the WWW materials:
    1. very much better
    2. somewhat better
    3. about the same
    4. somewhat worse
    5. very much worse
  93. Adding in more maps to show the structure, and cues on pages to show where you are in the structure.
  94. Having more graphics, buttons, and other additions to liven up the display.
  95. More prose, to fill in the gaps in the outlines.
  96. More links, to allow easier navigation, say between the course notes and the assignments.
  97. Automatic launching of exercises, to eliminate your having to work with UNIX and X.
    Consider how much you liked parts of this course relative to other courses you have taken this year.
    1. very much better
    2. somewhat better
    3. about the same
    4. somewhat worse
    5. very much worse
  98. the final
  99. the quizes
  100. the homework exercises
  101. the lectures
  102. the textbook
  103. the other readings
  104. accessing course materials (using computers)
  105. the term project
    Consider how hard parts of this course were relative to other courses you have taken this year.
    1. very much harder
    2. somewhat harder
    3. about the same
    4. somewhat easier
    5. very much easier
  106. the final
  107. the quizes
  108. the homework exercises
  109. the lectures
  110. the textbook
  111. the other readings
  112. accessing course materials (using computers)
  113. the term project
    Consider the following list in the questions below.
    1. the final
    2. the units with their exercises and quizes
    3. the lectures
    4. the Derring 2069 lab sessions
    5. the textbook
    6. the WWW online course materials
    7. the term project
    8. the McB 110 facilities
    9. the field trips
    10. the instructor and GTA
  114. What was the most valuable aspect of the course, in terms of helping you learn?
  115. What was the most enjoyable aspect of the course?
  116. What was the most frustrating aspect of the course?
  117. What was the worst aspect of the course?
Please send the instructor any other comments you care to make about the course. Many thanks for your time and assistance!


Copyright 1995, 1996, 1997 Edward A. Fox