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Where and when was the study carried out?
How many students were involved?
What were the aims and objectives of the study?
Two questionnaires were designed for the study: The first was very short, concentrating on students' previous experience with computers and CBL materials, attitudes to CBL and their initial reactions to the system. The students were given this after their first use of the system during the supervised labs. This was intended to correspond with the steepest part of the learning curve, before the students had become familiarised with the interface and system design.
The second questionnaire was given to the students after they had finished using the system. This was more substantial than the first and covered a range of areas, not only those relating to the modules but those involving wider organisational and support issues for the class.
In addition to the questionnaires, the students were asked to fill in 2 confidence logs - the first before they had used the material, to provide a baseline of information. The second after several weeks use to see any development in their confidence during this period. In this case, the confidence logs consisted of 8 statements based on the knowledge and skills objectives of the course. Information from the confidence logs gives an indication of the change in confidence in these areas during the time investigated. Of course, any changes cannot be tied specifically to the use of the modules but it does show the effect of this part of the class as a whole.
What did we find out?
The results of this evaluation indicated that the new resources combined effectively with the existing material, as expected. An interesting result was the difference between the different categories of students. The confidence logs revealed previous knowledge of particular parts of the course by the business students of which the lecturer was unaware. Further investigation revealed an overlap in material with a second year class for the business students.
What were my reflections on the study?
Helyn Thornbury .
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