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I personally think the course ran really well although there are certainly things I would change next time around. The roles students undertook worked out and they undertook these enthusiastically and maturely.
To find out how the students felt about the unit of work I surveyed them using Survey Monkey to get their thoughts about the course. I was keen to find out what they thought of the roles and also the use of the blog. In general the response was fairly positive but not so much towards the blog with 40% saying they disliked this part of the unit. I was not expecting quite this high a percentage but in hindsight taking a PE lesson out to go to the computer suite to post on our blog was never going to be as fun. I want to try using the blog again but will rethink the roles/expectations of students and the time it took for them to post.
Here is the data from the survey:
1. Did you enjoy having the various roles during our basketball unit?
|Yes - it was excellent||30.0%||6|
|Yes - it was good||45.0%||9|
|No - I didn't like it||5.0%||1|
|Yes - it was excellent||5.0%||1|
|Yes - it was good||40.0%||8|
|No - I did not like it||40.0%||8|
3. What was one thing that you would change about how this unit was run (what could you make better)?
Changes next time:
1. I think a more authentic audience is needed. The blog has been shared with the community through a link in the newsletter. This only happened at the end of the unit. Next time I would put the link out weekly to keep an audience engaged in what the students are doing. With the students knowing this was happening they might see more purpose in keeping their audience informed.
2. Next time I will reconsider what goes on the blog and maybe design some proformas that allow students to post their reports easily.
3. Another possibility could be to share the roles so students rotated between two roles rather than only being exposed to one role. This would help ensure students got to have a go at at least one role they were keen on.