I meant to follow up on this last week but didn't have time, so apologies for
the delayed reply.
I think that it is important we find out some information on what isn't being
used and why, as Juanita suggests. But it is also quite difficult: a simple
list of all the elements in IMS (with a tick box next to each and space for a
line of explanation) would run to several pages. I shall, however include a
question asking whether the respondent could provide us with a mapping of their
element set to IMS, which would allow us to extract this information.
We could focus our attention on a few elements and ask whether they are being
used. I think this would complement Aida's suggestion of asking for an estimate
of how many are used and which group they come from.
So a quick question: are there any elements in IMS that you suspect are not
being widely used?
I'll lead with semantic density.
I look forward to hearing any other suggestions.
Dawn Holland wrote:
> I think Aida' s suggestions for more precise information on which IMS
> elements are being used or not is a good idea.
> However I have a vague recollection from the CETIS meeting in November (and
> please correct me if I am wrong!) that going further and actually collecting
> the individual elements not being used was suggested.
> For example, if the survey showed that x% of respondents didn't use the
> Educational Element "semantic density", this information could then be
> passed to IMS as evidence to suggest alternations or changes to the overall
> What does anyone else think?
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