Survey of UT Students
In the Spring of 1998 we conducted a brief survey of UT students enrolled in English 306. Most of these students were freshman or sophomores beginning to conduct research for class writing assignments. Most students had not yet received a library instruction session while at UT. Their responses gave us an idea of the knowledge, skills and interests of a random sample of lower-division undergraduates on our campus.
Here are some of the results of the survey:
When asked to mark which of the following groups (businesses, libraries, non-profit organizations, students, faculty, government agencies, schools and people in foreign countries) publish on the Internet, only 58% chose all of the above. The groups most often not marked as publishing on the Web (listed in descending order) were people in foriegn countries, government agencies, libraries and non-profit organizations.
Additionally, we asked students to list two Internet-related issues which most interested them. Although some students were not sure what we were asking or admitted that they did not know any, we collected a fairly lengthy list of "hot topics" which were integrated into the six categories of Internet issues within TILT.