Improving student expectations of learning using course templates

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Improving student expectations of learning using course templates
Jacqui Nicol, Isobel Gordon, Andrew Penman

Presented at Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014
www.moodlemoot.ie/

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Improving student expectations of learning using course templates

  1. 1. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Improving student expectations of learning with course templates Jacqui Nicol Isobel Gordon Andrew Penman
  2. 2. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Background • Used Moodle for six years • 16,000 students • 30% are online distance learners • Postgraduate, in work, professional
  3. 3. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Student Survey 2012 • Improve ODL dropout rate • Improve online student experience • Expand provision
  4. 4. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Student Feedback (ODL) • Expectations of course – What to expect from us •Tutors & Central Support – What is expected of them •Time, Level, Effort - it’s hard! •Need to prepare and be organised
  5. 5. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Student feedback (on-campus) • Where to go • What to bring • Too many communications • Over 10 letters and emails
  6. 6. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Student Feedback (Moodle)
  7. 7. PollEv.com/jacquinicol • Variability across modules within their course i.e. Moodle courses – Layout – Approaches – Use of technology Student Feedback (Moodle)
  8. 8. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Solutions • Institutional initiatives • Academic led • Course Welcome Areas • Learning Expectations Project
  9. 9. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Course Welcome Areas • Moodle course with set template • Each academic course • Available to all students before enrolment/arrival
  10. 10. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Course Welcome Areas • Standardised template • Courses available spring/summer • Set deadlines - released July and January for September and January course starts
  11. 11. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Course Welcome Area Template • Welcome from Course Leader or Head of School • Key information about start of course – online or on-campus • Discussion and social area (link)
  12. 12. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Course Welcome Areas
  13. 13. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Course Welcome Areas
  14. 14. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Course Welcome Areas
  15. 15. PollEv.com/jacquinicol • Access rates high > 80% • Feedback positive • Administration reduced – 2 to 3 communication points Course Welcome Areas
  16. 16. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Learning Expectations • Institutional project led by Deans • Improve student understanding of learning experience • Recommended baseline information to introduce each module • To encourage consistency of layout
  17. 17. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Learning Expectations • 5 standard headings using tabs • Pre-formatted with base content
  18. 18. PollEv.com/jacquinicol School Templates • Worked with each School to develop templates • Included – Learning Expectations resource – Contacts block – Other School or course specific information • Default institutional template as fall back
  19. 19. PollEv.com/jacquinicol School Templates • Text 467120 and your message to 020 3322 5822 • Submit responses at PollEv.com/jacquinicol
  20. 20. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Examples • From – Aberdeen Business School and – School or Engineering
  21. 21. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Custom Template Tool • Customised backup and restore • Available as a block
  22. 22. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Custom Template Tool • Linked to our rollover script • Can assign a template for each Academic School and stage • External consultants and internal developers
  23. 23. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Demonstration • Templates tool • Tabs and Accordions resource • Contacts block
  24. 24. PollEv.com/jacquinicol • 2000 modules created with templates • 8 Schools using Learning Expectations • Variety of approaches – Content – Templates by course stage • School discussions about consistency Annual rollover 2013
  25. 25. PollEv.com/jacquinicol • Key information always in the same place • Addressed feedback from students • School discussions about consistency Annual rollover 2013
  26. 26. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Annual rollover 2014 • Still a long way to go • Refine templates with Schools • Refine Learning Expectations based on feedback from 2013 • Workshops to encourage consistency across courses
  27. 27. PollEv.com/jacquinicol Poll results Link the end

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