Using the Student Perspective to Improve Course Delivery

On Wednesday, I attended a Bb World 2011 session on “Taking Student’s Advice; Using Surveys to Enhance Course Design and Delivery.” The presenter mentioned Add Test Student. It is a Building Block that allows you to view the course as a student. The bulk of the presentation was about using surveys to gather student input.

Beginning of Class

  • What is your learning style?
  • What type of connection (bandwidth) do you have?
  • What browser do you use?
  • What are your computer skills?
  • What social/web 2.0 tools do you use?
  • What do you want to get out of the class?

GRCC Today just posted a link to Online Computer and Internet Tutorials that can help with some of the issues listed above.

During the Course

  • What do you think of the navigation in the course?
  • Can you follow the course organization (e.g. consistent, missing components)?
  • Is it clear what tasks or assignments you need to complete?
  • What tools or web services should I be incorporating into my course?

After the Course

  • What would you tell other students who are going to take the course?
  • What feedback can you provide me about the course?
  • How would you do the assignments differently?
  • How much time did you commit to the course?

I’m planning on revising the surveys and self-assessments I use to incorporate some of these ideas! How about you? If you have other suggestions, please comment.

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