On Friday, July 8, 2011, Jackie Miller (Project Lead, Statistics) and Lisa Lee (Project Lead, Histology) got together to catch-up about project work and bond over the sense of feeling behind, but more importantly, to talk about IRB submissions and assessment plans.
The summer is a busy time for the Impact Grant recipients. By now, the project leads and their respective teams have gone through tremendous work brainstorming solutions to problems, purchasing technology, training on effective use selected technology, developing contingency plans for potential snafus, and more.
Further, the summer is the time to produce the learning activities that align with the course learning objectives. It is also the time to submit the formal project and evaluation plan to IRB in hopes of receiving exemption approval well before the start of autumn term. A successful IRB submission is important for various reasons, one so the recipient departments earn the final $5,000 of the total $15,000 as recipients of the grants, but, second, because it is incredibly important to all those associated with the grants program to showcase and share the impact, for better (anticipated) or worse (let’s hope not), on student learning and experiences.
There are some common threads among the teams, such as number of students impacted, mean course GPA, comparator/historical data, course drop rate, and so on. With Statistics working toward a Hyflex model, Jackie is looking to do quantitative (survey) and qualitiative (focus group) data collections to capture student motivations for technology selection, nationally recognized statistics learning measures, student attitudes, and GEC requirements, among other factors. Lisa is wanting to understand the student experience with the tie in between Carmen and her online Histology resource (http://histology.osumc.edu) by measuring student satisfaction, learning effectiveness, and nationally recognized discipline-related measures.
It is one thing to mention generic terms (e.g., student learning), but the bulk of the conversation moved toward defining and understanding what the term means to their respective departments, what data analyses will produce and whether that information can be used to answer the research question at hand, and what is the core information that is necessary as to eliminate the ever-present scope-creep.
Some of these issues have answers, some new issues came up…and we all know more work needs to be done before submitting to IRB in the near future.
Our next meeting is scheduled for August 12. Jackie will demonstrate the Hyflex Statstics course and Lisa Lee will showcase a module from her online Histology course.