November 5th 2015

Attended: JE, JJ, KP, BG, HC

Output 1

A link to a draft questionnaire was sent out to the tutors in the ECYP division as a trial. From this we learned that:

We need to give even more definition of what digital guidance is otherwise this can be misunderstood. It is more than that the written assignment guidance is present on NILE. Perhaps we need an additional question to explore this ‘what do you think digital guidance is?’ We also discussed the use of mobile devices vs PCs and laptops to make and access guidance.

We discussed the difficult issue of confidentiality and ethics – in its present form tutors  would be identifiable because they would name their module and assignment. We are keen for this research not to be mistaken for an audit – its purpose is to find out more in order to help everyone. We discussed not asking for module or assignment details or  making identifying the module and assignment optional. This makes highlighting assignments we can learn from problematic.

After extensive discussion we decided that if we want to show what is possible perhaps we should use a list of what we are looking for and respondents to tick and add detail to this. We should ask about:

  • challenges in doing this,
  • why you chose the form of assessment,
  • if it was tried and it didn’t work,

Our aim would be to use collective expertise from the School of Education to support future development.

Next step in this output:

In the last week of November we plan to devise and trial the more qualitative  questionnaire approach and then put out to staff from 1st to 14th December.

We discussed the appointment of a research assistant as in the bid paperwork.

Output 3 – case studies

We need to devise a case study template – Helen might have one we could build on. We could also look at the reent out of the box assessment  publications for useful examples.

Next step – meet in December to devise a template of approach in common.


Revision of outputs and how they relate to each other in the light of initial work  on the project.

Next meeting:

Friday November 20th at 1pm.

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