Summary of Participant Evaluations - OER Tech Africa 2012


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Summary of Participant Evaluations - OER Tech Africa 2012

  1. 1. Summary of Daily Evaluations from the Health Open EducationalResources (OER) Technology Africa Regional Workshop3 - 5 October 2012Daily feedback forms were collected from participants at the end of each day.Responses have been aggregated, anonymized and randomized. The agenda andcollection of associated materials is at Day Responses Participants Oct 3rd 18 21 Oct 4th 16 21 Oct 5th 18 22 Total 52Institutions represented in the evaluations include: University of Cape Town,University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,University of the Western Cape, University of Nairobi, National University ofRwanda, St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College, University for DevelopmentStudies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence inICT, University of Michigan, and the South African Institute for Distance Education.To what extent did today’s workshop meet your expectations?Of 51 responses, 41 reported that the workshop met their expectations and 10reported that their expectations were exceeded. Some highlights from theresponses: • “Flexible agenda, unconference style, was able to adapt to peoples schedules and interests” • “The rich diversity of technical people and faculty from various institutions provided a great opportunity for the exchange of information.” • “I have learnt greatly about policy development and implementation.” • “Good mix of discussion, presentation, and hands-on work” • “Good discussions at right level and length” • “As a media expert have been exposed to some challenges in OER materials production such as clearing the content and now I know how to do that 1
  2. 2. perfectly and can assist others to do the same.” • “Workshop was straight to the point” • “I got more than that I expected. It is very participatory.” • “All expectations were met: social interactions, time adherence, content rich presentations.” • “Today was great a lot of information, ideas, it really did meet my expectation re-energized my OER initiative” • “I especially liked the hands-on activities for the analytics, in-depth knowledge on Google Analytics”What, if any, skills or knowledge did you gain from today’s workshop?Amidst the 50 free-form responses were the following themes:Monitoring and analyzing usage of open content (e.g. Google Analytics) 14Audio and video capture editing 13Policy analysis and implementation 8Identify challenges and potential approaches to promoting OER 6Copyright clearance 5Purpose and options for content management systems 5Open licenses 4Search and discovery of open content 4Tactics for recruiting authors 4Instructional design 3Identify areas of potential collaboration 2What aspects of today’s workshop did you find most useful? Provide examples.One respondent commented, “It might sound too good to be true, but everything ismost useful. I thought already knew many e-tools but I learnt a lot from everything.”Amidst the 50 free-form responses were the following themes:Monitoring and analyzing usage of open content (e.g. GoogleAnalytics) 13Policy analysis and implementation 9Institutional case studies 7Tactics for engaging students 6Tactics for recruiting authors 6Interaction with other institutions 5Audio and video capture editing 5Content Management Systems 3 2
  3. 3. Instructional design 3Copyright clearance 2Open licenses 2Phases of production of open content 2Small group discussions 2What aspects of today’s workshop did you find least useful? Provide examples.Amidst the 43 free-form responses were the following themes:None or N/A 41Phases of production of open content 1Weak Internet connectivity during session 1What would you suggest that we exclude, add or change for tomorrow’s orfuture workshop agendas?Amidst the 47 free-form responses were the following themes:More hands-on activities 8More discussion of policy analysis and implementation 5More Small-group discussions 4Address how to design and create new learning materials (principlesand tools) 4Demonstrate how to search, discover, and distribute open content 4Highlight learning and content management systems 3Continue unconference style with adaptable daily agenda 2In-depth review of existing OER from peer institutions 2Discussion of post-workshop follow-up 2How to adapt an existing OER 2Live-streaming of presentations 2More opportunities to informally interact with colleagues 2More copyright clearance activities 1Encourage presenters to speak loudly and slowly 1Incorporate social media (e.g. Twitter) 1Incorporate introduction to programming languages 1More detail about open licenses 1Opportunities for skills development for oral and writtencommunication 1Fix intermittent Internet connectivity during session 1Based on the whole workshop, what are your ideas for future collaborative 3
  4. 4. projects between the partner organizations?This question was asked in the feedback form on the final day. There were 15responses. Themes mentioned include:Convening virtual discussions and workshops 4Share existing learning materials to avoid duplication 2Exchange visiting practitioners between peer institutions (guest talks, 2short-term on-site expertise)Share more institutional case studies 1Develop tactics and workshops for incorporating OER awareness into 1medical student orientationDevelop OER for mobile devices 1Create a shared repository for African medical images 1Create an African MOOC 1Based on the whole workshop, what are your discussion ideas for the futureHealth OER tech conference calls?This question was asked in the feedback form on the final day. There were 13responses. Themes addressed include: Discuss Strategies from OER advocacy- in country and institutional 6 General progress updates from each institution 6 Principles and processes for designing and creating OER 3 More interactive, hands on activities 2 Useful tools for multimedia production, with a focus on open source 2 options Methods of adapting existing OER 1 Discuss intellectual property and open licenses 1 4