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Doodle

Introduction

Doodle is a free scheduling and polling software which can be accessed directly from the Internet. Using Doodle you can schedule meetings with individual students during office hours or with groups of students by providing date/time options that you are available. Additionally, with Doodle, you are able to poll your students, for example, asking them to sign up for a research topic from a list of choices.

Research shows that students often feel disconnected from their professors and classmates in online courses. Doodle provides one option for scheduling meetings, either by phone or via video, with and between students.

 

Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Doodle.

 

Instructions on How to Use Doodle

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf of the instructional guide to Doodle

 

Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use Doodle.

Demo 1: Creating an Event

Demo 2: Creating a Poll

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Doodle

No specific hardware or software is required to use the free version of Doodle. The software does not require a download to your computer.

 

Go to www.Doodle.com to access Doodle to create a survey or schedule a meeting.

 

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Reviews

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available. 

 

e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 5

1. The e-tool was easy to find (on the web).

100% of reviewers felt this e-tool was easy to find on the web.

2. The e-tool was easy to incorporate into my course.

100% of reviewers strongly agreed that this e-tool was easy to incorporate into their course.

3. I used the e-tool to address the following: (Select all that apply).

100% of reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with and between students. 60% of reviewers used this e-tool for other uses (their comments on usage are below).

 

Other:
  • Scheduling on-line co-op sessions.
  • Easy scheduling of class meeting dates.
  • Arranging meeting times and selection of reading materials that each student is responsible for reading and presenting on.

4. Do you think the e-tool exemplified the construct of UDI within your course?
(UDI is defined as an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.)

80% of rev iewers strongly agreed that this e-tool exemplified the construct of universal design for instruction in their course.   20% of rev iewers agreed that this e-tool exemplified the construct of universal design for instruction in their course.

5. Please comment on the benefits of using the e-tool in your course.

  • Allows flexibility in getting students together.
  • Doodle allows me to easily and clearly schedule a time for a large group of people to meet and allows everyone in the group to visually see at a glance (colored blocks) what times work for the majority of people.
  • Students could sign up for conferences as they thought of it, easily, rather than having to exchange several emails with me to ask for the appointment, ask when they could come, choose a time, confirm at time, etc.
  • Cuts down on the number of emails going back and forth when arranging for meeting times, thus reducing confusion and overload. Also great for giving students clear choices when giving reading selection/presenting options. And they can see everyone else's selections and time availabilities.
  • Terrific option for students to make appointments. I love having learned about it.

6. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the e-tool in your course.

  • If you have a large span of incremental time blocks it tends to scroll horizontally versus vertically and that then makes it difficult to see the entire set of dates and time in one glance.

7. I will use the e-tool in another course.

100% of reviewers would use this e-tool in another course.

8. In the future, I will use the e-tool to address the following: (Select all that apply)

20% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to reduce the physical demands placed on learners and to allow maximum attention to learning.  100% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to facilitate communication with and between students. 40% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future for other uses (their comments on usage are below).

Others:

  • Scheduling events.
  • Allowing for choice in reading/presenting course materials.

 

 

Student e-Tool Review Results

Number of students who took the survey: 19

Number of students with learning disabilities who took the survey: 2

1. The tool was easy to use.

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2. The tool assisted me with the following: (Select all that apply)

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3. Please comment on the benefits of using the tool in the course.

  • Scheduling.
  • Easy communication.
  • It allowed us to schedule meeting times and allocate individualized work.
  • Allowed us to schedule and divide work as a group on a real-time platform.
  • It was a very useful organizational tool and made sign-ups, meetings, and due dates much easier to determine.
  • Quick and nice way to communicate.
  • Easy and fast to communicate with the instructor and the class mates outside the class.
  • I’ve never used it, but if someone needed to see the professor it was a great way of reaching out when both student and professor are not available at the same time.

 

4. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the tool

  • From my use of the tool, I could see no drawbacks.
  • No major ones.