Many thanks to those of you who have taken time to send me feedback on the initial two Drawtivity activities. Some samples from this feedback are given below. Please do feel free to add to this by commenting on this blog or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org:
This is brilliant. My only criticism is in the actual question of the maths one. ”Draw” implies that you can hold the mouse down and draw. Plot would be better. And would someone really be expected to plot all those crosses or would it be more appropriate to mark the turning points?
Pedagogically I think this activity is looking to see that the student understands the shape as well as the turning points… but I take your point that when the answer is displayed the display of all those points might make the student feel they were expected to use and position that many themselves… some food for thought…. May be have a setting to turn off the points in the displayed answer? What do you think?
Really like it – I can see loads of applications for the medical field. Only thing I would change is the drawing on of the answer (the correct area) – this could just appear shaded.
This looks really good; nice interface and easy to use. My only suggestion for improvement would be to speed up the drawing on of the correct answer – or remove just highlight the correct area rather than animate the drawing of it. Other than that, looks great!
The look and feel is fine and the interface is intuitive. Both learning objects loaded quickly and I didn’t come across any performance problems. With regards to the delivery of the feedback I preferred the sine wave example -which faded the line in as a whole- to the anatomy example that drew the line incrementally. The animated drawing in the first example might work better if it was speeded up either by increasing the frame rate or dropping some keyframes.
I also have been spreading the word and getting feedback in a presentation I gave to the Learning Technologies Group (LTG) at the University of Oxford. I would like to thank all who attended for their time and also for their ideas regarding the development of the scoring functionality for Drawtivity. Lots of food for thought!
Based on the feedback detailed above I have had a few thoughts and ideas on Drawtivity activity functionality. Firstly, despite my excitment at the animated revealing of the answer shape (points displayed incrementally in what I considered a manner which suggested the answer been drawn by the tutor, see the biceps activity), most feedback prefered a fade in of the answer or at least a speeding up of the incremental display. This led to me developing activity settings to switch between incremental and fade reveal animations and a setting to control the speed of the incremental display. The feedback fade setting is demonstrated in the Sine curve activity.
The feedback “would someone really be expected to plot all those crosses” was a perspective on the display of the answer shape I hadn’t considered. This issue is particularly apparent in the sine curve example, where as my respondent points out, the display of the answer made up from a very large number of accurately positioned points (an impression enforced by the display of a cross on each point) could lead the student to feel that their attempt was inadequate because it didn’t have similar level of accuracy. This is different from what the activity is supposed to be testing which is a basic understanding of the shape of the sine curve. As a result I have added another activity setting which switches the display of answer point icons on and off.
Please do get in touch with any other thoughts and ideas!