Notes from “Using DropThought to Aid Your QM Course Redesign” #qmconf2015

virginia stewart explaining the dropthought dashboard

virginia stewart explaining the dropthought dashboardNotes from “Using DropThought to Aid Your QM Course Redesign”, presented by Virginia Stewart, doctoral student at the University of Florida, at the 2015 Quality Matters (QM) conference.

DropThought is a formative assessment tool that lets you see feedback & insight with visualizations. Feedback is anonymous, so students are open and honest.

Virginia used DropThought to gauge student feedback on the changes to a course that she made, based on what she had just learned about QM from APPQMR. She was teaching a course developed by another instructor, integrating in a new eBook, and migrating the course from one LMS to another. In other words, a lot of things were changing, and student feedback was really important!

Provided instructions for students on using the Instant Feedback Widget and mobile app. Students access the widget from within the LMS (set up with an LTI or building block). Students can enter comments as well as rate their experience using a smiley face system (Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor). The tool also allows students to request a reply. The live feed shows the instructor individual comments along with their rating.

Virginia uses the feedback at the end of every module, so that students can provide feedback on the content and their course progress. She keeps them completely anonymous and does not give any points for providing feedback. Feedback is optional.

DropThought compiles all of the ratings for all of your sections on a dashboard view with bar charts to show the ratings for each time you used it, and a meter to show the overall sentiment score (the image above is a screenshot of the dashboard).

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