By Dr. Paula O’Brien (Senior Lecturer – LIBS) – Staff Profile
& Christopher Wardle-Cousins (E-learning developer, LIBS) – Staff Profile
As part of Office 365, Microsoft has developed Forms, and online tool for creating and sharing forms, surveys, and questionnaires quickly and easily. All you need to do is login to your University provided Office 365 account (http://365.lincoln.ac.uk), and click on the Forms link to get started.
Why is there a need for this?
In our case, the requirement for an alternative method of mapping a learning journey came from a combination of factors. Firstly, the previous approach was paper-based, and proved an administrative nightmare. The design elements of said paper-based system did not favour inclusivity, and were potentially inaccessible to some students (i.e. those requiring additional support that could be offered through technology such as screen readers or alternative mediums for delivery such as video); and finally, with a paper-based system we did not have the ability to incorporate multimedia elements into the document (an area that’s increasingly in-demand, and that makes absolute sense to enhance teaching, learning and communication).
Who did we design this for?
Our online learning journey map was designed to be used by final year undergraduate degree students. This was a diverse cohort comprising of 120 students over five seminar groups.
How did this fit into the module?
Students had access to their learning journey map at key points throughout the module, prior to starting the module, during the module and prior to their module assessment. The development of the online learning journey mapping system was an iterative process of building, testing with students and gaining feedback, then refining based on said feedback.
From this project we have learned that using Office 365 Forms to develop a learner journey map has a number of benefits over or previous process. These include:
What do the students think?
What we did: Developed a Learning Journey map using Microsoft Forms
Benefits to students:
Benefits to tutors:
Building on this project we aim to further explore user needs to ensure a greater inclusive experience, identifying and exploring developments within the University’s suite of digital tools & services (to see what we can utilise and build upon to enhance the experience). We also plan to further develop the learning journey map and extend it to additional modules.
The presentation that accompanies this blog can be seen below. If you would like to see the other presentations from the day click here