1. Questionnaire, learning objectives


I. Annotations

Writing SMART goals and learning objectives

The article briefly explains the difference between a goal and a learning objective. It clarifies why it is important to formulate learning objectives. For example, it may increase the pupil’s motivation, because he/she will know what he/she will be able to achieve. In this article, we can also find a number of tips that can be used to create learning objectives, such as using more specific verbs than general ones when writing objectives. Another advice is using the SMART method, which is a tool for remembering essential features of each task.

How to Set SMART Goals

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This video briefly and clearly describes the SMART method. For each criterion, it lists both the wrong and the correct examples of targets. For example, it is wrong to say: „I want to be rich.“, because it is very general. The right way is to specify this goal and say: „I want to earn thousand dollars a month.“

 

I was wondering what should I do as an online teacher because I did the KPI11 course (Information Literacy Course) and now I’m working on the KPI22 course (Creative Work with Information). I’m still not sure if I’m doing it right, so I was looking for some advice on what to do to be a good and successful online teacher. I found these blogs with advice on how to do it.

 

6 Ways to Be a Better Online Teacher

10 Best Practices To Be An Effective Online Teacher

6 Tips for the Successful Online Teacher

 

I wrote down the 10 most important advice from these three articles.

  • Knowing who are you teaching
  • Setting the expectations
  • Knowing stuff about technology – using web 2.0 tools to create new ways of learning          experiences, knowing how LMS works, …
  • Being present, interested, active, helpful, connected – fostering personal connections, challenging students, being an icebreaker, …
  • Including students in the learning process – active collaboration, peer-to-peer evaluation, creating content, …
  • Trying to create new ways of assessment
  • Realizing it’s OK to fail – being open to criticism, sharing experience, asking for feedback, …
  • Trying to write simply, clearly, and politely – educational content, e-mails, feedback, …
  • Using resources that are online, relevant and easily accessible
  • Knowing it´s not just a day job

II. A questionnaire

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I know we should better do interviews with our target group, but I´ve decided to make a short questionnaire. It had 10 questions, so it took respondents around 5 minutes, I guess. I used Survio as you can see here.

 

Well, I published the questionnaire on Thursday and on Sunday I had a total of 13 respondents with diverse answers which I will summarize below.

  • My questionnaire was completed by 11 women and 2 men.
  • 10 of 13 like to organize things.
  • Most of them use folders and bookmarks (on a computer) sorted by alphabet or subject.
  • 77 % respondents felt positive feelings when organizing their information/documents/notes – they felt good, satisfied, they thought they spent their time effectively.
  • 33 % respondents felt negative feelings such as confusion, annoyance, tiredness, takes a lot of time.
  • Approximately 40 % of respondents use some kind of programs to organize information/documents/notes – most of them were Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and OneNote.
  • 3 respondents had problems when organizing information/documents/notes. Mostly they are not sure in which folder to put each document. Or they put the document somewhere and after a while, they can´t find it.
  • 9 od 13 respondents back up their data. The most used methods are an external disk, cloud (Google Drive) and USB.

III. Learning objectives

  1.   The student will be able to use bookmarks and organize them into folders.
  2. The student will be able to create a mind map in Mindmeister.
  3. The student will be able to describe how does Evernote work.
  4. The student will be able to describe two ways of how to back up documents.
  5. The student will be able to identify possible problems in organizing documents.
  6. The student will be able to compare two arbitrary tools for organizing information within 1800 characters.
  7. The student will be able to write his school notes using OneNote.
  8. The student will be able to write his thoughts to Google Keep.
  9. The student will be able to point out ways to improve tools for organizing information.

 

12 thoughts on “1. Questionnaire, learning objectives

  1. Hi! May I ask you just one question, why did you choose those specific tools? Are they just examples (like Mindmeister, Evernote etc) or is it because they are the easiest ones or…? 🙂 I am just wondering whether would be better to use something more general (individually chosen tool for those activities or not. Thanks! / Hanka

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    1. Hello 🙂 I used specific tools just as an example and I wanted to be more specific because I thought in objectives you have to be specific. 😀

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      1. It’s great to be specific but maybe there is a risk that some people couldn’t like to work with these tools. For example, I tried the tool to make infographics yesterday and I wasn’t very satisfied with that and next time I’ll probably try another. So maybe it’s also good to offer alternatives (or at least mention them). But I understand why you were specific about this. 🙂

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  2. Hi,
    I am a little bit confused from the video about How to set SMART Gols – it looks like SMART for project management. I am not sure if it is similar to SMART Goals for education – it is? (I really don’t know).

    List of important advice for an online teacher is cool.

    How people answered this question?: „Co by pomohlo případný problém vyřešit?“ – It is the unusual question of a questionnaire because it isn’t brainstorming, you should find out the core of a problem, no how to problem solve.

    Goals
    1. Can be there the limitation to browser?
    2. What mindmap – for example of his favourite topic?

    Here to see you left a lot of work on it. It is very nice!

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    1. Hello,

      thank you for your comment! 🙂 You´re right about the video, it may be used for project management, maybe it can help in DISRI or APLS, because we have to do a project. 😀 But I like the video mainly because of the wrong and right examples of setting goals/objectives.

      Thank you for your comments about goals, it will help me to be more specific.Yeah, I can say: let´s do a mind map about your favorite book or sth.

      As far as the interviews are concerned, they said better graphics and design of tools would help and a smarter arrangement of folders. Someone also replied that it would be great if someone else did this organizing job for him. : D

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  3. I really like your summary of 10 most important advice – I think it is really important and everyone should think about it… I saw your questionnaire and it seems to me too general. I can imagine some student in second semester who is not sure what do you want to know and also what to answer. Maybe there could help some example at the end of question (“Jak se cítíte při organizování svých dokumentů/poznámek/informací? (baví vás, jste nejistí, je mi to jedno).” Just say to respondent how s/he could feel about organization and help with it to answer.

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  4. Hello, yeah, I may have too general questions, thank you. 🙂 I think I used general questions not to show the respondents the specific ones… I don´t know how to say it in English, sorry. Well, if I would show them some kind of feelings, they would just click on those given ones and didn´t tell me more.

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  5. Good work! I like that you sent the questionnaire to 13 people, it makes the results more accurate. Did you send it only to the first year bachelor students or also somebody from other years/study fields etc.?

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  6. Thank you! 🙂 Well, I send them to my friends and I put it on Facebook on FF MU page. So I guess my respondents are mainly from FF MU and PdF. I asked only the first year bachelor students. 🙂

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  7. Great job Erika! 🙂 I think you can follow recommendations from your buddies. Later, you will find a balance between general goals and very specific objectives – don’t worry :). It is perfect you made such a questionnaire, I think the next step is to make it a little bit easier for your responders.

    Do you think you are a little bit closer to your target group? Do you have a general vision what do they need?
    And what is your plan till the next week? Is there something you want to improve, read,…?

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    1. Hi Hanka,

      thank you for your feedback. I´m sorry for replying so late, but I thought we will talk about it on Tuesday and then I realized it´s maybe better for me to write it here, too. 😀 So here are my answers 🙂

      Do you think you are a little bit closer to your target group? Do you have a general vision what do they need?

      – I think the target group is a little bit like me. No, I don´t know what they need 😦 I need more info. It´s true that my questions were too general because now, when I look at those answers, there´s not a lot of information or it´s almost the same answers everywhere even though I used open answers…

      And what is your plan till the next week? Is there something you want to improve, read,…?

      – I want to improve my questionnaire for it to be better and more concrete. I will try to recreate my questions or come up with new ones. Maybe I´ll read some resources about how to make a good questionnaire. 😀
      – I may change my objectives a little bit.

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