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- Meetings for information about upcoming (and past) team meetings.
- http://www.offa.org.uk/ ("The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) is an independent public body that helps safeguard and promote fair access to higher education.")
- http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Pages/Default.aspx ("Universities UK (UUK) is the representative organisation for the UK’s universities.")
- http://www.ucas.ac.uk/about_us/stat_services/ (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, statistical services web page)
- http://www.hesa.ac.uk ("the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education.")
I know a lot of those are related to Higher Education... will hopefully track down a corresponding list for school education soon. Arided 20:06, 2 October 2012 (BST)
I got some information that I can add here soon.
How about an interview series?
From the Educational Futures website, there are quite a few academics at OU interested in "things like this". Named persons: Simon Buckingham Shum, Teresa Cremin, Mark Fenton O'Creevy, Rebecca Ferguson, Regine Hampel, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Karen Littleton, Liz Marr, Patrick McAndrew, David Messer, Marian Petre, John Rose-Adams, Daniel Weinbren. (Probably more would be interested.)
Can we come up with an interview protocol and start interviewing these people? What are the questions we'd want to ask? Arided 19:57, 2 October 2012 (BST)
- PeterT 11:41, 3 October 2012 (BST) A great idea - lets discuss at the meeting on Friday.
Adding this here: EdFutures Interview Series. Arided 10:36, 5 October 2012 (BST) --Sjgknight 10:37, 5 October 2012 (BST)Definitely happy to talk about this...Karen & Simon are my supervisors; we can shout across the office
- Mair 20:02, 25 October 2012 (BST) : I had some ideas for the Virtual School interview
- I would suggest interviewing a sample of staff, students and parents from Florida Virtual School or a similar US school (via skype to save travel expenses!)
I would ask:
- How long have you been attending / teaching at the school? (for parents, all questions would refer to child)
- What subjects do you study / teach?
- Are you studying / teaching for exams and if so which ones?
- What do you see as the benefits of studying/teaching at a virtual school?
- What do you see as the difficulties of studying/teaching at a virtual school?
- If you have overcome any of these difficulties, how did you do it?
- What do you see as the essential ingredients of successful virtual teaching and learning (ask all respondents this question about both teaching and learning).
- What ideas for improvement or innovation do you have?
- Would you prefer to study / teach at a 'face-to-face' school or a virtual one?
- Does your answer to the previous question depend on subject or circumstances or would you always prefer one particular type?
- Would you recommend studying / teaching at an online school to a friend? Why? Why not?
I would also ask the school administrative section whether they have statistics for exam success and student satisfaction for their students, and if possible make comparison with national/regional stats.
- PeterT 06:41, 29 October 2012 (GMT)
- What about starting by asking them to describe a typical day/week in the life of a virtual school teacher and/or student? For many of us having a picture of what a virtual school is like would be helpful. How does it integrate with physical school? Is it synchronous or asynchronous or a mixture?
Techy ToDo stuff
YouTube video embedding extension(see Techie Update Nov9 2012) Word type editing toolbar http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:WikiEditor(see Techie Update Nov9 2012) Better registration thingy to stop spiders/bots from registering - type in the squiggly characters type thing.(see Techie Update Nov9 2012) Copyright statement on every page
- Setup SMF forum with same user database
or alternative threaded discussion forums(LiquidThreads now installed, see Techie Update Nov15 2012!) WikiCitation for improving ability to cite (and create ref lists)http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:WikiCitation (I also installed the Cite/Cite.php extension; see Techie Update Nov15 2012 for usage instructions) Change the colour of the font for links - at the moment they are very feint - so much so that I can't tell the difference between an internal link within the wiki and ordinary text. Could you make them very bright blue? Google analytics for website - any traffic to any page (rather than for each page separately)Extension:Google_Analytics_Integration installed. Most wikis have a URL format of the form edfutures.net/wiki/PageName ...the ?title= is more opaque, is it possible to change this at this stage? :-) Sjgknight 10:23, 22 November 2012 (GMT)Sorted out following the instructions from this page.
Not happening any time soon...
Add Harvard format extension to citations please (Simon says its possible!)Looked at options available which are feasible for us to implement and decided to drop this one.
- Get some nice stats out of LiquidThreads (compare http://www.schome.ac.uk/forum/index.php?action=stats).
- RSS feed for the site (added to left hand navigation bar) so folk are alerted when content or talk pages are updated. This looks like a likely way to achieve that: Extension:CustomNavBlocks+Extension:RSS (I'll investigate shortly).
- http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:DynamicPageList_%28third-party%29 - if we wanted to have a "what links here" on pages (e.g., on glossary pages, see where the term is used) this might be useful. There may be other methods though