A request for assistance from a friend of mine (and the site is
useful as well):
Dear All: I request your participation in a research project concerning the
websites as effective teaching/learning tools. This project is funded by a
grant for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and will result in
published reports (personal data will not be made public should you decide
to provide it). In short, I am asking
those of you who have used or recommended my websites as resources to
revisit them and fill out an on-line survey. I have put up surveys on both
my Illustrated Guide to the Classical World site and the AV Resources for
Classics (URLS in sig file below) and hope for responses to each, but my
comments below concern my
Illustrated Guide to the Classical World website, which I am using as a case
study of a single-authored academic website (as opposed to Perseus, for
I thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance - I need a large
sample of responses to provide legitimacy to the conclusions drawn from the
data collected. Since the sites get about 6000 visitors a month on average,
I am hoping for a big turn-out.
Beyond providing documentation of the particular ways in which my websites
contribute to student learning (as we know, the number of hits registered on
a website do not in and of themselves prove anything), I hope the data
collected will provide insight into how and why "educational" websites in
general (in classics and across disciplines)
encourage learning, provide reliable information delivered in an appropriate
tone and manner, and go beyond the bounds of
printed matter. Have such websites fulfilled their promise of bringing
teaching/learning tools to the next (or at least to another) level? The
survey is designed to encourage a critical response, so please don't hold
back. But please make your comments - whether critical or complimentary - as
specific as possible.
If you have recommended any section of my websites to your students, please
do encourage them to take the survey as well. Each target group is provided
with their own version of the survey - and they are designed to complement
each other. It will be interesting to see if students and teachers in
general agree on the relative values of these materials, or if students use
site in a different way than their teachers expect them to.
A follow-up study will concern specifically targeted groups - i.e., one of
your classes. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You and your students will be asked to fill out a shorter
survey specifically designed to focus on the relative student/teacher
use/expectations/satsifaction levels concerning your classes' use of
whatever portion of the website you assigned.
Thanks for your time. Please contact me off-list with questions or comments.
Assistant Professor of Classics
Illinois State University
Department of Foreign Languages
Normal, Illinois 61790-4300
David Meadows Libertas inaestimabilis res est.