1University of Cambridge
Student and tutor experiences of different teaching
and learning strategies in online short cours...
2University of Cambridge
Introduction
Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) offers a range of courses
Non-credit
• Madin...
3University of Cambridge
Online learning at ICE
1 orientation week
Short courses of 7 weeks
5 teaching weeks
1 feedback we...
4University of Cambridge
Online learning at ICE
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70 countries represented
Online learning at ICE
6University of Cambridge
Psychology in the real worldThe fall of the Roman Empire
An introduction to international develop...
7University of Cambridge
Tasks: forum discussions (tutor led), writing, research
Online learning at ICE
Variety of teachin...
8University of Cambridge
How did we obtain feedback?
Questionnaire:
• Development/delivery
• VLE interface
• Teaching meth...
9University of Cambridge
“Managed to make it personal (not easy when we can't be seen)!” - Student
“The tutor was great, a...
10University of Cambridge
“The most valuable things I gained from this course were the points of view and
opinions of my f...
11University of Cambridge
“I particularly liked the videos leading into each section.” - Student
“I find video presentatio...
12University of Cambridge
“It would be great if you could setup a live chat amongst the students and tutor.” - Student
“Th...
13University of Cambridge
“I was not always clear on what was expected of me.
Maybe some general guidance upfront would ha...
14University of Cambridge
“The layout of the web site is a little confusing at first.” - Student
“The course was great! I ...
15University of Cambridge
Thank you
www.ice.cam.ac.uk
onlinecourses@ice.cam.ac.uk
16University of Cambridge
Thank you
www.ice.cam.ac.uk
onlinecourses@ice.cam.ac.uk
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Student and tutor experiences of different teaching and learning strategies in online short courses Cherie Harrington, Alison Fordham

  1. 1. 1University of Cambridge Student and tutor experiences of different teaching and learning strategies in online short courses Chérie Harrington eLearning Assistant Institute of Continuing Education
  2. 2. 2University of Cambridge Introduction Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) offers a range of courses Non-credit • Madingley weekly programmes • Weekend residential • International summer schools • Career and professional development • Online Credit • Undergraduate certificates and diplomas • Undergraduate advanced diplomas • Postgraduate certificates • Master of Studies degree
  3. 3. 3University of Cambridge Online learning at ICE 1 orientation week Short courses of 7 weeks 5 teaching weeks 1 feedback week
  4. 4. 4University of Cambridge Online learning at ICE 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 <20 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s n ~750 students age
  5. 5. 5University of Cambridge 70 countries represented Online learning at ICE
  6. 6. 6University of Cambridge Psychology in the real worldThe fall of the Roman Empire An introduction to international development Ancient Rome Roman and Greek Mythology The early Tudors Psychology in context Creative writing: life writing Creative writing: travel writing Creative writing: short story writing Life Coaching Forensic science: DNA analysis Shakespeare and the interpretation of history Wuthering Heights and its afterlife Introduction to philosophy of film Origins of Christianity The quest for the historical JesusAthens and the 5th Century Intellectual Revolution The Medieval Village Landscape Executive Coaching Applying psychology to the workplace Interpersonal dynamics of executive coaching Evolution Forensic science: poisoning Crystals from the inside out Saving planet ocean How do fossils record evolution? Understanding Atoms Googling the earth Online learning at ICE Variety of courses offered
  7. 7. 7University of Cambridge Tasks: forum discussions (tutor led), writing, research Online learning at ICE Variety of teaching tools used Articulate presentations: slides with audio, video links Short videos: weekly overviews Quizzes Links: articles, documents, websites, audio/video Forums: news/announcements, tutor led, student led Adobe connect: live seminars, 1-1 tutorials, lectures
  8. 8. 8University of Cambridge How did we obtain feedback? Questionnaire: • Development/delivery • VLE interface • Teaching methods efficacy • Improvements Questionnaire: • Course content • VLE interface • Tutor • Improvements Students Questionnaire (43% return rate) Feedback forum (average 17 replies) Tutors Questionnaire (78% return rate) End of course briefing
  9. 9. 9University of Cambridge “Managed to make it personal (not easy when we can't be seen)!” - Student “The tutor was great, always there to answer questions. Answers were clear and informative” - Student “[Our tutor] was very actively engaged in discussions and excellent at giving personal feedback and encouraging to push our thinking further” - Student “Personal interaction, and encouragement when a student has done good work. Letting students know I'm there.” - Tutor What themes did we find? Forums – Tutor interaction
  10. 10. 10University of Cambridge “The most valuable things I gained from this course were the points of view and opinions of my fellow peers.” - Student What themes did we find? Forums – Student interaction “I found reading other students' work most interesting, especially because of the diversity in the group.” - Student “Students like, and benefit from, a lot of feedback from the tutor. Most of them also like reading each other's work and commenting on it” - Tutor
  11. 11. 11University of Cambridge “I particularly liked the videos leading into each section.” - Student “I find video presentations particularly useful and would encourage this form of teaching.” - Student “I liked the personal video introductions a lot” - Student What themes did we find? Use of video – Short videos “The introductory videos on each topic were great, giving a quick overview” - Student
  12. 12. 12University of Cambridge “It would be great if you could setup a live chat amongst the students and tutor.” - Student “The online seminars were very helpful” - Student “More live online sessions” - Student “Introduce on-line video conferencing or skype sessions if possible, in the future.” - Student What themes did we find? Use of video – Online seminars “Live online seminars, especially the coaching demonstration sessions” - Tutor
  13. 13. 13University of Cambridge “I was not always clear on what was expected of me. Maybe some general guidance upfront would have been good” - Student “I feel the suggested reading could have been given earlier in order for students to have a head start before the course started.” - Student “Indicate how much background in the subject a student would need” - Student What themes did we find? Course information “We would have liked to get the reading list before the start of the course in order to get prepared.” - Student
  14. 14. 14University of Cambridge “The layout of the web site is a little confusing at first.” - Student “The course was great! I really don't know how can you improve it... You should work more on VLE but I don't know exactly in which ways.” - Student “Compared to more modern VLE sites I find this one difficult to navigate and not that user-friendly. Moodle is a good choice if you ever think of changing” - Student “Easier direct access to discussion boards in menu”- Student What themes did we find? Impact of VLE “I would improve layout and navigation, make it responsive or mobile phone ready, more intuitive, dynamic, fresh, modern” - Tutor
  15. 15. 15University of Cambridge Thank you www.ice.cam.ac.uk onlinecourses@ice.cam.ac.uk
  16. 16. 16University of Cambridge Thank you www.ice.cam.ac.uk onlinecourses@ice.cam.ac.uk
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