Action Research Focus Statement
The problem I am seeking to address is that students lack engagement and do not often utilize instructor feedback in their upcoming projects. My proposed solution is to increase student engagement by providing effective multimedia feedback for future student projects.
- Will multimedia feedback improve student’s subsequent work in future projects?
- Will the multimedia feedback increase student engagement in completing their projects?
Target Audience is my course’s (Digital Literacy) students for two separate sessions. There will be approximately 100 participants. The age range will run from 18 – 45 . The majority of which are below 31 years of age. Many of the participants hold down full time jobs, and have families, as well as attending online courses.
The goal is to provide effective feedback to students to utilize in future activities.
Cycle 1 will begin the week of July 7th and run through August 18th, 2013. Cycle 2 will begin September 3, and run through October 13th, 2013.
The technology I will be using is Google Drive for the student interface and qualitative feedback. Grading feedback will be offered with Garageband/Picosong, and iMovie/Keynote.
My expectation is that students will commit to the research and complete surveys each week on their reactions to the feedback formats and complete their normal course work within the class.
Students will complete a survey that will advise them of the project and ask for a commitment from them. They will complete normal coursework and receive their feedback in a text-based format in week 1. Halfway through week 2 they will complete a reaction survey discussing their reaction and personal observations to the feedback. Upon completion of their normal coursework in week 2, they will receive audio feedback for their grading comments. Halfway through week 3 they will complete a reaction survey discussion their reaction and personal observations to the feedback. Upon completion of their normal coursework in week 3, they will receive video feedback for their grading comments. Halfway through week 4 they will complete a reaction survey discussion their reaction and personal observations to the feedback. After the course is complete they will then complete the final postsurvey asking for them to rate the feedback format and personal reactions. I will then evaluate the data based on their qualitative and quantitative responses, and the grade scores for each week’s work from those students.
A new group of students will participate in cycle 2; I will follow the same process, making any necessary changes based on the outcome of cycle 1.
Assessment and Evaluation Tools
The pre-survey will advise them of the requirements of the project, the benefits, some demographic data and a commitment request. Three weekly surveys will contain a Likert scale for their reaction and a text field for their perceptions on how effective they thought that week’s grading feedback format was in providing them the information. The post-survey will measure through a preference choice list which the volunteer thought the most effective and the least effective, and their personal observations of the formats and their effectiveness.
Pre-survey will be evaluated using all quantitative demographic data to provide a clearer perception of my target audience. This includes age, sex, degree program, and perceived learning style.
Weekly surveys will be evaluated separately by two components. The Likert scale will provide a mean average of how effective the format was for learning. The observational feedback from the students will provide qualitative data on how effective the multimedia format was perceived to be.
Post-Survey information will be evaluated using scaled data based on the volunteer’s perception of all types of multimedia formats; most effective and least effective. Instructor will also weigh student feedback perceptions, along with observational data.