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Student voice: is honesty the best policy? Giving students control of TEL evaluations.
Presented at the Blackboard Teaching & Learning Conference in Dublin, 1st May 2014.
Speakers: Eleanor Loughlin, Anne Skerratt, Elaine Tan & Malcolm Murray

Published in: Education, Technology

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  • 1. STUDENT VOICE: is honesty the best policy? Giving students control of TEL evaluations Eleanor Loughlin, Alice Skerratt Careers, Employability & Enterprise Centre Elaine Tan, Malcolm Murray Learning Technologies Team @ElaineRTan @malcolmmurray Blackboard Teaching&LearningConference D U B L I N 2 0 1 4 | T H U R 1 M AY | U N I V E R S I T Y C O L L E G E D U B L I N
  • 2. Apologies This public slide deck does not contain the verbatim transcripts from student feedback shared during the session in Dublin. These have been removed to protect the identity of the students.
  • 3. Project Focus How do we get honest and accurate information about: what students do with, feel about and use technology for as part of their learning? Image: Nanette Hoogslag
  • 4. Project Focus How do we involve students more in designing, improving and developing their own learning experiences? Image: Georgia Drysdale, Wellcome Images
  • 5. Image: Neil Leslie, Wellcome Images Project Focus How do we provide genuine opportunities for students to undertake work experience?
  • 6. Image: Adrian Cousins, Wellcome Images Project Focus How do we provide skills training that is contextualized and allows students to apply what they are learning in a safe but meaningful situation?
  • 7. Educational Paradigm Source: after Simonson et al. (2006) Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education, Third Edition. Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle, New Jersey. p206 Individual & Collaborating Students Student-Centred Learning Class of Students Teacher-Centred Learning
  • 8. Image: Dianne Harris, Wellcome Images Methodology Obtain ethical approval Design draft questions Recruit students as paid researchers Train the students Students recruit an interview group Hold all-student focus groups Encourage deviation from questions Student researchers write report Identify trends and differences Students contribute to draft report Agree dissemination targets Students co-present findings
  • 9. Methodological Concerns Completion Rates Representativeness Authenticity Privacy Image: Dianne Harris, Wellcome Images
  • 10. Methodological Concerns Completion Rates 93% report 81% demographics Image: Dianne Harris, Wellcome Images
  • 11. Methodological Concerns Representativeness 47% 44% 53% 54% Male Female Population n = 11,742 Sample n = 131 Image: Dianne Harris, Wellcome Images
  • 12. Methodological Concerns Authenticity Images: iPhone by Daniel Zanetti, Wikipedia Head by Dianne Harris, Wellcome Images
  • 13. Methodological Concerns Privacy Image: Dianne Harris, Wellcome Images
  • 14. What tools do staff use with you in the courses you are taking at Durham? • What works well? • What works badly? Sample Question
  • 15. Dublin Feedback… What tools do staff use with you in the courses you are taking at Durham? • What works well? • What works badly? Replace “Durham” with your institution Discuss…
  • 16. Our (Students’) Findings Students experience of the institutional technology they are asked to use should match the usability of the technology they choose to use
  • 17. Our (Students’) Findings The e-Learning experience at Durham should be • comparable to other HE institutions • fair to all Durham students • match or exceed previous educational experiences
  • 18. Our (Students’) Findings Staff should be aware of the technology available to them and its potential to support students as learners
  • 19. Our (Students’) Findings Staff should be aware of the technology available to them and its potential to support students as learners
  • 20. Our (Students’) Findings Students value consistency of approach
  • 21. Our (Students’) Findings Mixed messages regarding the VLE
  • 22. Our (Students’) Findings DIY provision often favoured for collaboration
  • 23. In conclusion Not all students are as good in real life as they are on paper… …most are better Saw real engagement & reflection on their own learning and personal practices Image: Matthew Herring, Wellcome Images
  • 24. In conclusion Image: Matthew Herring, Wellcome Images Incredible amount of informative and actionable material produced Yields a better understanding of the diversity of experience and need
  • 25. Thank you for coming! Contact us: alice.skerratt@durham.ac.uk elaine.tan@durham.ac.uk @ElaineRTan eleanor.loughlin@durham.ac.uk malcolm.murray@durham.ac.uk @malcolmmurray More details on the project blog: http://goo.gl/I6mLfJ