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Student Content Evaluation UC & R April 2009


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Power point presentation detailing research to develop student content evaluation tool for use with online communities. Presented at U C & R meeting at De Montfort University 28th April 2009

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Student Content Evaluation UC & R April 2009

  1. 1. Using online workshops to enhance student content evaluation skills for VLE learning communities De Montfort University RITA project 2008 – 2009 Mike Leigh, Lucy Mathers & Kaye Towlson
  2. 2. Session coverage <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Future Applications </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Cross faculty/department RITA bid </li></ul><ul><li>Build on work of previous RITA funded project by Mike Leigh and Lucy Mathers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>revealed a significant gap between information evaluation skills acknowledged by students and those manifest in work. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wanted to develop an evaluative framework and publish on VLE for use when posting selected subject materials. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Methodology: Strand 1 Lectures and Labs <ul><li>Embedded in curriculum. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 different modules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Similar assessment task </li></ul><ul><ul><li>group or individual wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post material, mainly from the internet to aid understanding of a negotiated topic. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate material posted. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group or peer evaluation of material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>article review </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Methodology Strand 1 Lectures and Labs <ul><li>Session re: information evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Skill for life”, real life examples, 5W’s, 4C’s </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lab sessions run to enable the creation and development of wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Lab sessions run to enable peer evaluation of articles followed by feedback </li></ul>
  6. 6. Development of ISEM <ul><li>Anecdotal feedback reveals improvement in quality of materials posted </li></ul><ul><li>Used criteria specified in info evaluation sessions (5 W’s) to develop Information Source Evaluation Matrix (ISEM) </li></ul><ul><li>Needed to test ISEM </li></ul>
  7. 7. Methodology Strand 2: UG and PG Workshops <ul><li>Self-assessment of info evaluation skills (Likert Scale) “before and after” </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation/ refresher of the “5 Ws” </li></ul><ul><li>Intro to the ISEM </li></ul><ul><li>Application of ISEM to subject specific material </li></ul><ul><li>Revised self-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on ISEM application </li></ul>
  8. 8. Workshop Results 1 UG and PG ISEM Feedback <ul><li>Use of the ISEM positively received by UGs and PGs </li></ul><ul><li>All engaged with the matrix, its purpose and application </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of importance of relevance and reliability </li></ul><ul><li>Some criteria valued more than others </li></ul>
  9. 9. Workshop results 2 Suggestions for ISEM improvement <ul><li>All suggestions were positive </li></ul><ul><li>Some suggested a variation in points allocation to reflect importance of individual criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Use of colour coding </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of space for annotations, especially useful for future comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of space for citation </li></ul>
  10. 10. Connections <ul><li>With existing work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learner developed wiki of sources for module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UCPD: Researching business information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working with different communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics and students from Faculty of Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doing library stuff but not as “The Library”…student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Confirmations….smugness not allowed </li></ul>
  11. 11. Project Results… so far <ul><li>Project aim : To develop an evaluative framework, publish on VLE for use when posting selected subject materials. </li></ul><ul><li>ISEM is offered as the pilot framework </li></ul><ul><li>Self-assessment Likert Scale to be adjusted in the light of workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Clear potential for developing information evaluation skills as matrix clearly raises awareness and forces application </li></ul>
  12. 12. Future Applications <ul><li>Develop online tools, make available via VLE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer as a generic tool? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scope for future research: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Application and implication of ISEM in different subject areas and at different levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May identify key criteria for specific subject areas </li></ul></ul>