Thanks Peter for this post - this is a really interesting angle on the
student experience both of OER (and more widely of content recommendation
both automatic and academic-led). We've got a call for a Literature study
around this area currently "live" (see
) and hopefully this work can feed in.
Thanks for blogging and sharing.
On Wed, 09 Mar 2011 15:56:38 -0000, Peter Robinson
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> Dear All,
> During the talk yesterday I mentioned some insight we'd gained from a
> usability session with a group of students looking at our Politics OER
> A report will go up on the web but because of the general interest
> yesterday we've placed a blog post up with some thoughts on how the
> student feedback might help us in the Triton project. There is some
> good general advice on presenting Open Resources and also some
> interesting ideas on how people might search.
> Blog post:
> Some clear messages from our student focus group included:
> • The students preferred a simpler design with less cluttered menus.
> • The key factors influencing their use of the site were frequency of
> posts, global coverage, and quality of materials.
> • Contributor profiles are essential as they help the user assess the
> value of their content. They were very interested in anything that is
> connected with academics they’ve heard of.
> • Students love audio and video lectures but need them to be
> presented in a very obvious way.
> • They were less interested in widgets/ categories so we need to
> adopt simpler approaches for presenting OER. Filtering was important;
> fewer, high quality results are better than lots of noise.
> • Articles and posts require more links to introductory materials and
> to other materials by the contributor.
> • Students seem quite sussed on finding and rating quality material
> but don’t know about alerts and feeds.
> I'm struck by two things
> * Would academic staff have said anything different in their feedback
> session ??? ( ...We'll find out later in the project)
> * As a community should we organise some more usability work on
> searching and storing subject sets from the corpus of UKOER material?
> Peter Robinson
> Manager LTG Services & Oxford on iTunesU
> Learning Technologies Group,
> Oxford University Computing Services,
> 13 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN. Tel: 01865 283282
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