1. SEDA workshop results
(Workshop by TundeVarga-Atkins on Evaluation techniques of teaching,
15th Nov 2012, SEDA Conference, Aston Business School, Birmingham)
Top five challenges:
We explored the question: What is one key challenge in your role as educational developer? We
didn't have much time to do a proper session and discussion of the issues, so this below is a glimpse
at the potential issues, in prioritised order: The top five voted items were:
1. Evaluating impact of what we do (13 points).
2. Getting staff to attend sessions (10 points)
3. Value of teaching within institution (8 points)
4. Engaging staff who most need developing (7 points)
5. Pulled in too many directions by staff and managers (6 points).
Also featured: [see below image]
2. Also featured key challenges:
6. Support for new academics in first few weeks of teaching.
To re-shape the relationship between teachers and students. (5 points)
7. Uncertainty over future. (4 points)
8. Workload + staff/student timetable
Helping academic staff see the value of development. (3 points)
9. Accreditation of teaching staff at all institutions
Lack of confidence in sharing. (0 point)
3. A comparison of focus groups, surveys and Nominal Group Technique
Advantages of the Nominal Group Technique
Gives an 'authority' to the student voice.
Learn about learning process.
Students could do for themselves.
Stimulates thinking, greater opportunity to discuss ideas.
Avoids dominant voice.
Disadvantages of the Nominal Group Technique
Tendency to 'smooth' the debate?
Generates very picky debate.
Wording of question could skew the outcome.
? Expensive process
How to choose sample? Bias?
How to analyse the data.
Nominal Group Technique vs surveys
Positive about NGT
Gets dialogue started.
Deeper issues emerge.
Opportunity for clarification.
Negative: ambiguity of questions.
Can serve a basis for a survey.
Positive about surveys
Logistics of NGT, needs synchronous contact.
Easier access – surveys.
Validation and use.
4. Larger sampler size.
Use of technology - poor response rate?
Nominal Group Technique vs focus groups
Space for individual thinking/reflection.
Focus and control with participants.
Outcome/product - yields immediate tangible outcome.
Data more acceptable to certain groups.
Empowers all participants.
Perhaps requires less skill to facilitate.
More exploratory in initial stage.
Allows for more individual direction.
Can be dominated by one or two individuals (not if facilitated properly!).
Don't get 'quantitative' data.
Can be too directed.
Allows for more in- depth exploration.