University of Edinburgh
 

CACDP Level 3 Certificate in Modifying Written English Texts for Deaf People L304

Date: January - October 2009 (distance / online learning)

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants:  12 
Number of Respondents:  10

1. Source of funding for this course

Local Authority

College

Self

Other

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3

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2. Overall rating for the resources and facilities available on this course?

Very good

Good

Poor

Very Poor

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3. Overall experience in relation to the following aspects of resources and facilities:

 

Very Good

Good

Poor

Very Poor

No Response

Teaching materials

7

2

 

 

1

Websites

6

3

 

 

1

WebCT environment

4

3

2

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Computing support

4

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2

4. Any other comments on these or any other aspects of resources and facilities:

I did not use course resources. When I tried to access WebCT, I could not. I chose not to access but because I tried to access WebCT just a few days before exam this was not enough time if there were issues with the website.
Very much enjoyed the weblinks and especially enjoyed the conference.
Teaching materials were very informative and interesting. The websites were well researched and very helpful.
Prioritising the necessary work from the interesting.
At least 1 group meeting to get to know other students.
The first time I went on to the site I found it difficult to find WebCT. I was expecting a tab at the top of the page and I spent a lot of time opening irrelevant things trying to find it. The word WebCT is very small and off the page when you first open it up - you need to scroll down and look on the right hand side. It might be worth mentioning this in the handbook, as I found it quite frustrating.

5. Overall experience with the following Scottish Sensory Centre services:

 

Very Good

Good

Poor

Very Poor

No Response

Admissions

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Course handbook

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SSC Library

2

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7

Telephone contact with SSC

2

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7

Comment:
Poor: I applied to do the couse at the last minute and it took a long time to get enrolled.  Once I was finally enrolled I hadn't been added to the WebCT for the course, so I couldn't access any of the content. This meant that I was about 3 weeks behind the others, rather than a couple of days.

6. Overall rating for support on this course?

Very good

Good

Poor

Very Poor

7

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7. Overall experience in relation to the following aspects of supervision and teaching:

 

Very Good

Good

Poor

Very Poor

No Response

Usefulness of tutor's comments, guidance and advice

8

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Usefulness of tutor’s personal support

7

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2

Opportunities to interact academically with other students

4

3

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2

Opportunities to interact socially with other students

 

2

 

1

7

Advice about further training

2

1

 

 

7

Opportunities for student views to be expressed about the way the course is running

5

3

 

 

2

Email support

8

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Telephone support

2

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8. Any other comments on the support which was helpful or which could be improved:

Exam time is far too short and the change by the CACDP to alter arrangements without prior warning is unprofessional. Also it should be possible to complete the exam at any exam centre as long as an invigilator is used.
Tutor was very supportive and high communication. Course feedback was very high quality and highly efficient.
I would just like to say that when I email the tutor her response time is excellent.

9. First online course studied:

Yes

No

No Response

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10. If you have studied on an online course before, how did this one compare to other ones you have been on?  No response.

11. Average time spent studying on course each week?

1 hour

2 hours

3 hours

0-10 hours

No Response

 

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Comments:

More time spent getting into WebCT (up to 3 hours in first few weeks). About 10 hours.
I spent approximately 8 hours - this has been a problem as the information I received before the course started said to allow 2 hours each week, and that is all I was allowed within my contractual hours from work to study. I think this should be stated as a lot higher for future students as I have found it hard with working full time to study so much.
I did a lot more than the suggested 2 hours per week. It was probably more like 4, but I did everything thoroughly.

12. Sufficient time to do all the course activities:

Yes

No

No Response

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13. Weeks when there was too much work, or unnecessary activities:

I seem to remember that Week 4 was quite heavy. There was a great deal to read and understand, plus we were asked to do a piece of homework and post on the discussion board. Week 8 seemed relatively time consuming too, as we were asked to post on 3 different topics. (1)
Week 4. (1)
Only points where I enjoyed it so much I did more work. (1)
Not without looking at it again. (1)
No response. (5)
No. (1)

14. As this is an online course, you can pick and choose whether to do any activity or not, depending on whether you already have knowledge in each area.  Did you sometimes miss out weeks or activities where you already have a good knowledge?

Yes

No

No Response

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Comments:

If I know topic well eg technical aids I would miss it out but post a comment to share with others.
Because I felt I had no guidance about what was going to be useful for the exam.
Felt revision would be useful.
I did not want to miss any information.
There was nothing I felt I knew well enough to miss out.
I did everything suggested by the course even though I already knew some of the content.

15. Were you clear about the arrangements for the exam at Moray House?

Yes

No

No Response

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Comments:

No: this was because I relied on checking the website just a few days before the exam, but there was a problem with the website at this time.

16. Were you satisfied with the exam arrangements and the experience of taking the exam at Moray House? Please comment:
Yes. (7)
Thank you for 2pm start - taking account of people from outwith central belt. (1)
No response. (2)

17. In what areas have your expectations been met or exceeded on the L304 unit?

Interesting website and info. (1)
I did not realise this much information was in the course but I have learnt a lot and glad I have done the course. (1)
All expectations met. (1)
None. (1)
I have been very impressed with the course. I had previously studied the P301 with The Manchester College and was disappointed with that. We were not given any course books or handouts of course content - we had to find everything out for ourselves on the internet. This course was much better. All the info and links were available in the relevant folders. Everything was very well organised - all you had to do was open the folders and files for the particular week and the information was there. The tutor was very quick to respond if you said something wasn't working properly, or you didn't understand something. Plus there were often follow-up links etc if you wanted to go into something in more depth. The piece written by the tutor herself, for each week, was also useful - clarifying the content and pulling it all together. I also found the pieces of 'homework' useful - they helped me to focus on the salient points and summarise them. (1)
No response. (5)

18. In what areas have your expectations not been met?

Yes. (1)
Lack of clarity. (1).
None. (2)
I was disappointed that most of the other students on the course didn't bother to post on the discussion board. (1)
No response. (5)