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1 Evaluating e-learning Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Oxford Brookes University

2 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Critical success factors Implementations which tackle real and relevant problems at the course level There may be advantages to using a poorly defined term in institutional change Institutional rationales which are contextualised and specific Students understanding their own learning and the role of resources and technology in learning Course designs or redesigns undertaken as a team, developed iteratively over a number of years in response to student feedback Sharpe et al (2006) Review of undergraduate experience of blended e- learning, for the HEA.

3 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Some examples 1. Brookes Virtual 2. Brookes Partnerships in Practice 3. JISC Learner experience programme 4. Brookes Pathfinder

4 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development 1. Brookes Virtual

5 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Perceptions and satisfaction University of Wales, Swansea, Blackboard User experience survey 2003

6 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Weve never done any surveys, ever, that have given other than the students want more of it, wider and deeper (Longside 2)

7 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development We just thought … well just use our ordinary module evaluation. Well it wasnt going to work was it? Its not asking the right sort of questions. (Deepshire 1) 2. Partnerships in Practice

8 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development 2. Partnerships in Practice Collected feedback through student perception questionnaire student SPOT analysis in groups Students used VLE to - Access resources - support groupwork processes.

9 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development reading through all the feedback data from students and tutors is like standing at the apocryphal spaghetti junction and watching cars going every which way. Some students call for more group work: others want none at all. ….. Advice fumes the air. (Mason & Weller, 2000)

10 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development 9 funded projects, all using qualitative methods to capture the learner voice e.g. audio logs, video diaries, interviews. 3. In their own words

11 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development I'm addicted, it's the first thing I turn on in the morning before I even wake up and actually it's very, very bad. I think in the future people can't cope without their laptops. (Undergraduate Business student, LEX Final Report)

12 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development

13 Coding examples Document with stripes showing coding at nodes Context of document showing coding at Motivation node

14 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Besides all the complexity created by marked differences across subject areas and myriad individual differences among both staff and students which prevent simple patterns emerging, there are additional crucial differences between the idealized world described by research and the actual world experienced by the participants. Entwistle, N., McCune, V. and Hounsell, J. (2002). 'Approaches to Studying and Perceptions of University Teaching-Learning Environments: Concepts, Measures and Preliminary Findings.' online

15 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development 4. Brookes Pathfinder Combined-methods approach where various types of data have been collected Series of seven case studies to evaluate the nature and the impact of innovation on learner experiences Questionnaire on learner perceptions of learning technology use

16 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Questionnaire Provides descriptive statistics on learner characteristics Investigates patterns in learner uses of technology Analyses which how study strategies (such as the use of peers or help-seeking) or views of learning (such as the perceived degree of independence) are related to various dimensions of technology use

17 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development What weve seen 1. Brookes virtual – audit 2. PiP – course improvement 3. Jisc learner voice – discovery 4. Pathfinder - understanding

18 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Possible functions of evaluations Is it being used? How is it being used? Do the staff and students like it? How do the students experience it? Is it effective? How could we make it better?

19 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Purposes of evaluation Formative: To ensure that a product reflects the intentions of its designers AND meets the needs of the users Summative: To test a product Integrative: To integrate a product into a new environment Pragmatic: To discover the unexpected benefits Illuminative: To get a project funded Goodyear (2001) Effective networked learning in higher education: notes and guidelines (p )

20 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Thinking about your purposes Use the lists of purposes and questions to complete the stakeholder template. Who are your key stakeholders? What are their priorities? What questions are of interest to them?

21 Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development References Ramanau, R., Sharpe, R. and Benfield, G. (2008). Exploring Patterns of Student Learning Technology Use in their Relationship to Self-Regulation and Perceptions of Learning Community. Paper to be presented at Networked Learning Conference, May 288, Halkidiki, Greece. Sharpe, R., Benfield, G., Roberts, G. & Francis, R. (2006) The undergraduate experience of blended e-learning: a review of UK literature and practice undertaken for the Higher Education Academy. At Sharpe, R. & Pawlyn, J. (2008) The role of the tutor in blended e- learning: experiences from interprofessional education in R. Donnelly (ed) Applied eLearning and eTeaching in Higher Education


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