A couple of events have occurred recently that seem to have steered me to this point.
- The wife wants me to do a Masters degree.
- Several inspirational colleagues have done/are starting a Masters degree (including the awesome @daibarnes).
- I’ve been involved in some research with a colleague for LSIS (although he did the researching and writing up, I did some technical gubbins to do with a contextual UI for VLEs).
- A tweet a couple of weeks ago talked about the advantages of giving feedback via screencasts.
- Graeme Boxwell of City of Sunderland College presented some of his research on giving audio feedback (also undertaken for LSIS) at a recent event for North Eastern HE & FE learning technologists.
I’m thinking that I don’t really have the time/energy/money/urge to do a full on Masters right now (although I do like the idea of getting one done eventually), but this idea of giving formative feedback using multimedia seems an intriguing one.
The plan then, at this point, is to have a go and see if it’s a reasonable idea. Try to convince some colleagues to try it out, do some questionnaires with staff and students and see how things go next academic year. As a buy-in for my colleagues I’m hoping somebody like JISC will be prepared to fund the research, and that way I can offer some financial incentive for the time spent training, reviewing and filling in questionnaires.
And if I write it down publicly, I’ll be much more inclined to get it done!