Well, the results to our survey have started to come in – following the close of the moderated section of the course on Friday night – and it seems that we are beginning to draw out some areas for improvement. So far we have been able to highlight the following points for consideration:
- Timings given for e-tivities are perhaps too generous (could maybe reduce these/quote a range)
- Offer a lower and upper limit for word-counts – participants would have liked to have been able to write more
- Offer more time for participation in self-study sections
- Improve the clarity of theoretical background across the board
- Offer optional ‘more-advanced’ activities to ancourage and facilitate for more experienced participants
- One participant commented that they would have preferred to have been in smaller groups for some of the exercises.
- Vary the content a little
- A number of participants did not follow the pace of the course as recommended, and as a result ‘completed’ the e-tivities in one go and as a result were not able to participate in the discussions that evolved from their posts, or the posts of others as intended. While this was handled appropriately by the E-moderator, it may be possible to reduce the likelihood of this happening again by highlighting the dialogic nature of the activities as part of the course timetable.
Observations from previous participants:
- E-moderator section could include more/clearer advice for encouraging participation as well as moderating the contributions of those who do participate.
We have only received responses from around 20% of the participants so far, so this picture will continue to grow. However, we do certainly have an indication of some of the areas that could be improved.