Evaluation – UoL Trial

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

Own observations:

  • 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.

Popularity of P2.0PLE

Well, the course is currently undergoing local trials, and the external registration period is due to close tomorrow – and boy have we seen some interest there!  At the outset, we hoped to enlist roughly 20 members of the JISC community to take part in the course over a two week period.  Following a week and a half of registrations, we are amazed to say that inboxes are overflowing with responses – we even have a waiting list!!  As it stands, we plan to run three groups of 17 (51) through the course at the same time (moderating capacity permitting), with 14 hopefuls sitting on the bench, praying for a spot to open up.

It is more than encouraging to know that the time we have devoted to developing this resource has been well spent, since it is clearly in demand.  However, it is also clear that this type of course is lacking in-house at a great many institutions.  We really hope that, by making this course openly available, we can at fill at least some of this gap, and pass on the wealth of knowledge that so far has not been used to its full potential.