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IPTEL 2013: What about my Prezi?

Evaluating students' perceptions of online collaboration and group work

Tony Reeves

on 2 September 2014

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Transcript of IPTEL 2013: What about my Prezi?

What about my Prezi?
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theoretical framework
activity design
Evaluating students' perceptions of online collaboration and group work
Tony Reeves, University for the Creative Arts, UK
2nd year Fashion students
activity required students to work
students needed to research visual ideas and concepts
online solution needed to allow
real-time and asynchronous
evaluate students' experience of group work and online collaboration using Prezi
obtain tutor feedback regarding suitability of Prezi as an activity management tool
use feedback to improve next iteration
research aims
6,500 students
Creative Arts courses,
Fashion, Fine Art, Film
students organised into groups of 5 or 6
Prezi account created for tutor
Prezi created for each group and initially set to 'private'
orientation workshop provided for students
STEMx education
concept of literacy needs broadening to reflect divergent use of text
'digital literacy'
'digital pedagogy'
'digital scholarship'
operational dimension: skills
(Weller, 2011)
new literacies
(Lankshear & Knobel, 2006; in Guth & Helm, 2012)
(New London Group, 2000)
cultural dimension: literacy practices (netiquette) & knowledge of specific context
critical dimension: understanding power relations
focus on STEM subjects is too narrow
'x' refers to 21st century skills that graduates need
do you agree that the focus on STEM is too narrow? Is there a need to embed these new 21st century skills in higher education?
what do you think are the barriers to this?
how might these barriers be overcome?
21st century skills:

connected leadership
global citizenship
global fluency
situate activity in context of employability

bringing it all together
how effective was Prezi at helping
you work with your group members?
student feedback
"encouraged collaboration"
"could see what other group members had (or hadn't) done"
83% stated it was either effective or very effective
how would you rate Prezi
as a tool for sharing ideas?
87% stated it was either effective or very effective
"ease of sharing ideas, images and videos"
"seeing all ideas together in one place"
how useful was Prezi at helping you
track your progress through the activity?
63% = useful / very useful, but 35% neutral
"you could see what your group members were doing if you weren't sure or got stuck" - formative
how important was it to be able to work
on the project at a time convenient to you?
85% = important or v. important - students like flexibility
"being able to work on it when you wanted"
"being able to work on it from home"
what other methods did you use to
work together with your group members?
= 51%
= 11%
= 85%
what did you dislike most?
"no instant messaging capability"
"having to print everything off at the end"
"any group member could move or delete data"
"reduced opportunities for f-2-f interaction with group"
difficulties and suggested improvements
usability: problems with 'zooming' & copy / paste
seeing who had uploaded what content
"add a chat / IM tool"
"offer training sessions". Hmmm...
conclusions &
make sure you're
confident with the Prezi interface
make sure students are too -
schedule an orientation session
build the 'comments' function into
the activity
arrange tech support if
what did students learn?
peer-supported learning
critical thinking / editing
digital literacies
what did you like most?
"being able to cluster images"
"ability to see what group
members had (and hadn't) done"
"ability to work asynchronously"
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