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APEC level 4 option

This is the entry page for web pages related to my level 4 course "APEC" or "Applying psychology to education and computers".

These pages are in the process of being updated; I will email the class when finished.

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Course feedback

I'd be grateful if you filled in the online course evaluation form for the APEC level 4 module, just finished. It hardly takes you a moment, it will be fresh in your mind now, and it will satisfy the department's need to go through the motions, which it would be particularly bad if I, lecturing on education, failed to support!

Try this shortcut.

Or you can get at it by going to the dept. website, and the teaching page for level 4: and clicking on the link fairly near the top labelled "Click here to fill in the course evaluation"
You will then find a particular (level 4) lecturer pictured. Just flip through until you find me and my module (!) by using: "If you already gave us your evaluation on this lecture, you can skip this page by clicking here. "

However for really influencing what I do, some of you have already done much more towards giving me feedback that can have an effect, and do so quickly. Firstly, when I asked for it face to face I was surprised but pleased that some of you gave it. Secondly Hamera and Craig separately have taken the trouble to email me as I asked, which is useful. Thirdly I had a long chat with Samera, part of which turned out to be course feedback for me, and included the point that you don't see much point in filling in the standard feedback since you don't see any improvements because of it -- hence this special plea! Well: below I have provided a list of lectures and cross references to the handbook in response to Hamera's feedback (quick response, but really of course I should have done this at the start not the end of the lecture series!). I'll be thinking of how to provide for next year the request by Craig and others for more by way of introduction, orientation, and a statement of how this course differs from others. I've added bits to the page on exam questions partly in the light of the issue of how this course relates to others in the remaining important aspect of doing the exam.

Meanwhile, if any of you feel like giving me more direct feedback by email, I would certainly welcome that if you don't mind not being anonymous. Don't forget (as Craig did not) that for several reasons, not least keeping my spirits up, it is helpful to give positive as well as negative feedback (say what was best and worst about the course); and that specific suggestions about what to do to fix problems, while not always possible, are the most helpful.

List of Lectures

The lectures given followed the handbook pretty closely in content, but in a different order. Here is the number of that lecture specification in the handbook, followed by the order they were given in (in 2002-3). The lectures were all double lectures (2 hours together, once a week). The first week's session was missed; and replaced by an extra 2-hour session in week 1 of term 2.

Handbook Actual sequence
7-8 1,2 Wayfinding in the university.
6, 9-10 3,4 An introduction to HCI, UCD and the prototyping approach
(handbook lectures 6,9,10 all merged)
11-13 5,6,7 Minimal manuals
14 8 Focus groups.
15 9 Thinkaloud protocols
16 10 Incident diaries
17-18 11,12 Interviews, questionnaires, and feature checklists.
19-20 13,14 Direct manipulation and Activity Theory.
1 15 The nature of learning in Higher Education (HE).
2 16 Perry
3-4 17,18 The Laurillard model
5 19,20 The management of learning.

List of Handouts

The numbers shown usually appeared on the handouts themselves. As you can see, there are some glitches in the numbering. Asterisks are where you did get the handout, but the numbering sequence broke down.



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