Monday, 8 December 2008

JISC funding for EVAF4All

We are pleased to announce that we have received JISC funding (as part of the second call for Learning and Teaching innovation grants) for the 'EVAF4All' (Electronic Voting Analysis and Feedback for All) Project. This year long project (starting Jan 2009) will see the further development of ideas and pilots to 'close the loop' on clicker feedback - providing both students and staff with easy online access to personal responses, analysis and feedback from lectures where EVS (electronic voting systems) are used. The project team be lead by Simon Bates (PI) and Keith Brunton (technical developer) with further contribution from appropriate partners from other FE/HE institutions (tbc). As part of this project we will implement a vendor-neutral solution (for EVS-hardware, student-loan-system and VLE) in the hope of being as inclusive as possible.

Summary:

"We propose to develop a web-based system to provide staff and students across different institutions with analysis and visual feedback of data captured using 'clickers' (electronic voting system, EVSs) in their lectures or other teaching episodes. For an individual student, this will allow them to view questions or groups of questions with their own responses (and the responses of the class as a whole) well after a given lecture has taken place on a course, for feedback and revision purposes. For staff, the tool will provide anonymised aggregate statistics and feedback as to the effectiveness of the clicker questions used on their courses, aiding reflection and subsequent development of course materials. The system will be platform independent and will provide 'all in one place' functionality that is currently lacking from integration of common EVS software with Learning Management Systems (LMS)."