Evaluating Electronic Voting Systems for Enhancing Student Experience (EEVS)
The University of Hertfordshire (UH) made a major commitment in the provision of nearly 4000 Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) handsets across eight academic Schools as part of its 2010-2011investment in a £250,000 Assessment and Feedback project for the University. Initial evaluation by the Schools involved has shown that the EVS are already valued by students, in line with other research undertaken into their academic use nationally and internationally.
The EEVS project offers an excellent opportunity to evaluate the large scale introduction and deployment of EVS technology for formative and summative assessment and feedback. It will allow the investigators to spend time reviewing both the student and staff experiences of the current investment before reporting on the lessons learned for the sector.
In addition to interviews and focus groups with academics and students the PIs will speak with the leaders of the Assessment and Feedback project to determine the lessons to be learnt. We plan to take a longitudinal view using audio and video blogs to capture participant’s experiences through an academic year. The impact will also consider other stakeholders concerns including staff workload and satisfaction with the hardware and software, as well as potential institutional benefits. Both pedagogical impact and workload impact will be assessed, resulting in a set of critical success factors for academic introduction and use of EVS.
- To provide an up-to-date view of the student and staff experiences of EVS and their opinions of what makes for successful use of the technology, within a large-scale project and across multiple disciplines.
To identify, from evaluating the staff and student experiences, a set of critical success factors for introducing and maintaining the use of EVS in support of an institutional assessment and feedback strategy.
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
- Final Evaluation report
- Conference and journal paper(s)
- Guidelines for staff and students
- A set of short case studies from the participating Schools
Dr Amanda Jefferies
Dr Maria Cubric