UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES SURVEY ON COMPUTING AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY


University Computing Services is conducting this survey to learn more about the computing habits and needs of faculty, students, and staff at IU. Even if you are not familiar with all of the resources or services described in this questionnaire, your information is important to us. Please fill out each question as completely as possible.

If you do not use computers, please complete and return the enclosed postcard. You do not need to complete and return this questionnaire.

1. Overall, how satisfied are you with the services offered by University Computing Services (UCS) during the past year? (Please circle a number.)

Not at all Satified Very Satisfied No Opinion Don't Know
1 2 3 4 5 7 8


2. Overall, how important are UCS systems and services (e.g., electronic mail, research computers, library online catalog, World Wide Web, campus network, telephone consulting at 5-6789, public computing facilities) to your work or study?

Not at all Important Very Important No Opinion Don't Know
1 2 3 4 5 7 8


3. About how many hours did you use a computer in the past seven days?

_______ hours


4. Would you call yourself a computer novice or expert? (Please circle a number.)

Computer Novice Computer Expert Don't Know
1 2 3 4 5 8


5. Do you personally own a microcomputer (e.g., PC or Macintosh)? (Please circle a number.)

1 Yes 2 No


[If yes] 5a. Does your microcomputer have a modem, either external or internal? (Please circle a number.)

1 Yes 2 No 8 Don't know



ELECTRONIC MAIL

6. UCS supports a variety of electronic mail systems to send messages (e-mail) to others at IU and at other institutions worldwide. Please indicate your satisfaction with the following electronic mail services.

Not at All Useful Very Useful Use Rarely or Never Don't Know Never Heard of It
VMS (VAX) Mail 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Pine (the mailer on the EZmail system) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Elm (or other UNIX-based mail on UCS systems) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Workstation-mail (Eudora, Pegasus, GroupWise, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
BITNET/Internet mail 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0



USER SUPPORT SERVICES

7. UCS provides a range of assistance for computer users. If you have received any help from any of the following sources in the past year, please indicate your satisfaction. If you have never heard of the service, please circle 0. If you have heard of the service, but never use it, please circle 7. (Please circle numbers.)

Not at All Useful Very Useful Use Rarely or Never Don't Know Never Heard of It
Computing support personnel employed by your department 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Telephone consulting (UCS Support Center/Help Desk, 5-6789) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Walk-in consulting, disk recovery, account services, documentation (UCS Support Center, IMU 061) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Electronic mail consulting via UCSHELP or IUISHELP 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
UCS Publications (Times, Monitor, quick guides, folios 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Online consulting resources (Support Center Knowledge Base, PICS server, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
UCS Computing Advisors (departmental acquisition consulting, computing service requests for network connections, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Computing Advisor on Call (5-4960) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
ACCESS MicroCenter (5-0910, IMU 059) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
UCS education classes and workshops 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Center for Innovative Computer Applications (CICA) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Database Support Group (consulting support for database applications) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Unix Workstation Support Group 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Local area network support (NetWare, AppleShare servers) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
LETRS (Humanities Computing/Library Electronic Text Resource Service) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Center for Statistical and Mathematical Computing (STATMATH, 618 E. Third St.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Teaching and Learning Technologies Laboratory (TLTL, Ballantine Hall 307 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0



NETWORK SERVICES

8. UCS supports access to and use of various network information services and tools. If you use such tools, please indicate your overall satisfaction with them.

Not at All Useful Very Useful Use Rarely or Never Don't Know Never Heard of It
World Wide Web 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Gopher 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Usenet news groups (trn, Trumpet, Nuntius, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
ListServers 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
CD-ROM network access 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Availability of information regarding services accessible over the network 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Standard dial-in modem services (terminal services, 855-4211) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Extended dial-in modem services (PPP, other svcs. 855-8043) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Halls of Residence direct network connection (Ethernet data jack) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0



ACCESS TO INSTITUTIONAL DATA

9. UCS serves as a central repository and steward for many types of institutional data. These include, for example, student data, grades, personnel data and faculty records, financial data, library information, and others. Does your position require access to such computer-based information, data, and/or services?

1 Yes 2 No 8 Don't know


[If yes] 9a. ndicate your overall satisfaction with the ease of use of institutional data (screen design, clarity of menu choices, etc.).

Not at all Useful Very Useful No Opinion Don't Know
1 2 3 4 5 7 8


9b. o you have access to all of the institutional data you need for your instructional, research, or support functions?

1 Yes 2 No 8 Don't know


[If no] 9c. What difficulties have you had in obtaining this information? (Please circle all that apply.)

1 Getting permission to access it
2 Using software tretrieval tools
3 Verifying report data
4 Connectivity or equipment not available
5 No access to software documentation
6 Don't know how to get access
7 Don't know
8 Other (please specify):



SHARED COMPUTING SYSTEMS

10. UCS operates a number of shared computing systems such as the VMS Cluster (Amber, Aqua, Gold, etc.), EZmail and EZinfo, the Ultrix computers (Bronze, Copper, and Silver), STARRS AIX computers (Draco, Orion, Pegasus, etc.), the "VM machine" (IUBVM), and the Amdahl MVS computer (IUIS). Please indicate your overall satisfaction with these systems. (Please circle numbers.)

Not at All Useful Very Useful Use Rarely or Never Don't Know Never Heard of It
VMS Cluster (Amber, Aqua, Gold, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
EZmail and EZinfo (e-mail, Gopher, Lynx, Usenet news) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Ultrix systems (Bronze, Copper, Silver) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
The STARRS AIX computers (Draco, Orion, Pegasus, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
The "VM machine" (IUBVM) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
The Amdahl MVS computer (IUIS, student advising, Library online catalog, online schedule of classes, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0


11. Please indicate the ONE UCS system that you use most often, or that is most important to your work or study. If you don't use any of these systems, please skip to question 13.

Ezmail, EZinfo
VMS Cluster (Amber, Aqua, Gold, etc.)
Ultrix systems (Bronze, Copper, Silver)
The STARRS AIX computers (Draco, Orion, Pegasus, etc.)
IUBVM (the "VM machine")
IUIS (student advising, Library Online Catalog, online schedule of classes, etc.)


12. For the system indicated in question 11, please indicate your satisfaction with the following aspects of its performance. (Please circle numbers.)

Not at All Useful Very Useful Use Rarely or Never Don't Know Never Heard of It
Response time 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Accessibility (number of simultaneous users, ability to log on, sign on, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Availability (scheduled hours of operation) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Reliability (up time) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Information about software and equipment changes 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Disk space available to you 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Input and output services (printing, plotting, etc.) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Classes on how to use this system or applications on it 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Documentation 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
General consulting support 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Batch performance 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Application software 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Languages, compilers, editors 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
Magnetic tape support 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0
[for IUIS users only] Information Center (Focus) performance 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 0


13. Please indicate the THREE most important improvements UCS can make to shared computing systems. (Please circle no more than THREE.)

1. More computing support staff in your department
2. More and/or faster Unix computers
3. More support for departments providing information on UCS World Wide Web servers
4. Tools for backing up your personal computer or workstation over the network
5. A data archiving and retrieval service
6. More summary documentation about shared systems (quick guides)
7. More in-depth documentation about shared systems (folios)
8. More classes on how to use shared systems
9. More classes on what shared systems can do for you
10. Other (please specify):


14. Is there anything you would like to add about University Computing Services?


Thank You for Your Assistance!

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