February 24, 2006

Stuart Sutherland Interview, The Survey and Staff Interviews

Stuart Sutherland has been interviewed and much insight has been derived from this meeting. The greatest learning points were to do with using E-L to replace or improve some existing problem, not just for the sake of E-L. I was also informed that the comparison between E-L and Traditional is really the wrong question, as people use E-L and Traditional for different reasons. A case-study worth noting for future reference is www.CancerNursing.org set up by Stuart, with thousands of participants worldwide, yet no staff-force. This embodies Stuart's message that different models can work well and badly in different situations.


The Survey is now online, with the following pre-text:

CBS students: please consider taking 5–10 minutes to contribute to a survey by William Lau, CBS3, on the potential of applying more e-learning technologies to the CBS course. This is not a current university proposal, but is a relevant question and makes for an interesting project and survey.
As an extra incentive all genuine participants who complete the survey by Monday 6th March- Week 10 (term 2) will be entered into a prize draw to win one ?0 book voucher OR a CASH alternative!


The feedback has been great so far, with 29 participants (12 Grads, 8 CBS Finalists, 6 CBS 2nd years, 3 CBS 1st years). The summary tools work great with the survey and really do do a lot of the work for you. Open questions are a bit more of a chore to read, however do contain a lot more detailed qualitative information.

The greatest surprise is how unfavourable blogs are with students. Indeed, I do feel asthough I am blogging for no audience as nobody evidently reads this. Perhaps a bit more promoting initially would have helped?

The staff interviews are also being arranged, I anticipate low participation due to the end of term rush. However, within hours of sending my e-mail of invitation out, MCK has already replied! If others cannot make the interviews, I will conduct a similar survey that I used for the students to subsitute the high quality interviews. I aim, as recommended by Stuart to discover anxieties/areas for improvement in particular where workload is high. I will suggest E-L tools and technologies and see how lecturers respond to these suggestions. Their feedback, like the students is invaluable.

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