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Fall 2007 Data Collection Protocol- I deployed a variety of surveys to manage, implement and assess the learner-centered teaching strategies I was utilizing in this non-majors biology course.  Below is a description of each survey and the result files are also attached.

 1. Unit I Survey:

  • Students evaluated how each component of Unit I helped them learn the material.  Components rated:
    • Reading Assignments, Pre-Class On-line Quizzes, In-class assignments, Clicker questions, Project I, Lecture material, and studying for the exam.
  • They also were asked for additional comments or suggestions they had regarding Unit I.  The responses from this question were overwhelming.  I am coding their responses using a qualitative research tool called, NVivo8.  The most notable aspect of this data set is how often the students refer to themselves rather than to the course or to me.  I am coding their responses as a reflection of the 5 principles of Learner-Centered Teaching proposed by Maryellen Weimer.
    • Role of Teacher, Balance of Power, Function of Content, Responsibility for Learning, Purpose of Evaluation

  2. Your Input Matters Survey:

  • Students provided their perspective on the exams and projects for Unit III and Unit IV.  
  • They also were asked for additional comments or suggestions they had regarding Unit III and IV.    I am also coding these responses as a reflection of the 5 principles of Learner-Centered Teaching proposed by Maryellen Weimer.
    • Role of Teacher, Balance of Power, Function of Content, Responsibility for Learning, Purpose of Evaluation

   3.  Ah...the END Survey:

  • Students reflected on how various aspects of the course helped them learn:
    • Chosing topics for Units II, III and IV
    • Assigning points for exams and projects
    • Reading Assignments, Pre-Class On-line Quizzes, In-class assignments, Clicker questions, Project I, Lecture material
    • Attending office hours
  • Students also reported wether
    • they enjoyed this course more than they had expected
    • they found biological topics more interesting that they had expected
    • they felt more confident in their ability to understand complicated scientific information
    • the course was more difficult than they had expected
  • They were also asked for additional comments regarding the course and ways to make it a better learning experience.  And yes, I am coding these responses as a reflection of the 5 principles of LCT (see above).


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