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A Socio-technical Approach to UK HE module design

After the EDULEARN conference earlier this month, the graphic below has been developed to try to represent the principles concerning a socio-technical approach to module design. This approach has been manifest in the ‘Living and Working on the Web’ module outlined in some of our earlier posts, graphics and videos.

You can find a graphical summary of this approach here.

Please let us know what you think about this and how the approach can be developed and improved.

Preliminary Analysis of Official Student Feedback Statements for ‘Living and Working on the Web’ module

A preliminary analysis, using content and sentiment analysis methods, of student feedback statements can be found in the latest of our interactive graphics below.

The feedback was given in the official end-of-module online feedback forms for 3 courses run during 2014-15 and 2015-16 (not just 2014-15 as shown in the graphic). It is likely that these comments may be a more reliable assessment of the course than using statements from the reflective writing which forms a significant part of the course as it does not form part of the summative assessment process.

The analysis indicates that students were positive towards key module aspects such as digital literacy development, student engagement, the pedagogical approach (especially Authenticity) and the feedback process.

On the other hand, the neutral and negative statements were mainly concerned with the module structure, in particular the weighting between the blog topics and the final reflective post, and the desire for help/training with IT tools.

The Theoretical Framework – Exploded

This is an interactive version of the graphic contained in the poster in the previous post. Click on the hotspots (the + signs) for fuller explanations of the theories and digital literacies which have underpinned the design of the ‘Living and Working on the Web’ module – there are links to all the source papers there too.

It is best viewed on full screen, and by clicking hotspots from the centre outwards.

Please feel free to leave any questions or comments which occur to you