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DIT Survey Measures Students’ Access to Technology Off-Campus

By Maryland Today Staff

As the university prepares to move course instruction online after spring break, the Division of Information Technology (DIT) is gauging students’ access to off-campus technology and familiarity the university’s web-based learning platform through a new online survey.

The survey, which runs today through 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, contains three sections: one on technology access, one on knowledge of the ELMS-Canvas platform and another for demographic information. Among the questions: whether students have reliable access to devices like desktop or laptop computers, tablets and equipment for audio-video connections; whether they have broadband internet and reliable cellular coverage; how many of their classes use ELMS-Canvas and if they’ve previously communicated with instructors through the platform.

DIT will use this information to identify technology and training resources needed to support UMD students.

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