"Week 7 – Evaluate" of the OLDS MOOC has come to a close, and we suppose it is time to pause and EVALUATE it. The good news is that we have seen strong evidence of people accessing the various resources associated with this week such as the evaluation tools and the formative evaluation paper. Further good news is that some of the participants have posted some very thoughtful efforts to identify good evaluation design and questions as well as a few actual detailed evaluation plans. You can still visit, comment on other's experiences and contribute your own at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2864. The Convergence session yesterday was quite engaging, and we wish to thank the participants, especially Briar Jamieson whose thoughtful comments enriched the conversation. The conversation is still flowing at https://groups.google.com/d/topic/olds-mooc-open/jR-foXarVYQ/discussion.
Some lessons that we've learnt: Briar asked us how we're evaluating OLDS MOOC, and in hindsight - that's something we could have elaborated as a case study for this week. Bob (http://thedigitalday.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/evaluation/) notes his frustration with the evaluation toolkit, and yearns for an "off the peg solution". Is that possible? join the discussion - https://groups.google.com/d/topic/olds-mooc-open/4YvVQ2o9ZR4/discussion
And some questions we still need to explore: not as many as we expected posted their evaluation plans or results. Is this because you are hesitating to share? Because you feel your project hasn't reached that stage? Is there a lesson here about evaluation, as a topic, or about MOOCs as a medium? Please use our feedback form to share your views - http://www.olds.ac.uk/feedback
But really, the bad news is that the week has come to an end so quickly, and we are feeling that there is so much more we could share in this community about evaluation. Frankly, we could have had a whole MOOC focused on evaluation (um, that's an idea...), just as we could run separate MOOCs for each of the other major facets of learning design (e.g., a whole MOOC on finding and integrating OERs). But just because the week focused on evaluation has ended does not mean that participants should cease their efforts to focus formative evaluation strategies on their still emerging learning designs. And as that work continues, we’ll be available to help as best we can.