Enabling Innovative Human Computer Research
OU modules (courses) often take time and many iterations to develop. Developmental testing should be an integral part of this process as:
It is crucial to schedule the testing into the production cycle so that feedback can be incorporated into final versions while the changes are still feasible. This means testing should start as soon as possible, possibly with paper prototypes of materials. If the testing involves student participation, then you will need to apply to the Student Research Projects Panel.
Usually conducted by someone with Human-Computer Interaction experience (IET has resident expertise). Experts will provide feedback on materials at an early stage, and will provide guidance on what is required. They can also assist in the development process.
The aim is to assess teaching quality, not academic content, so it is important that all pedagogic elements are available when students test course materials. Therefore learning supports such as:
may need to be available in draft form. When you test just part of a course, you should be able to be more selective.
Developmental testing is one of the core services provided by the Institute of Educational Technology to the University. Module and programme teams are encouraged to use this service early during module (course) production.
Depending on the kind of Developmental Testing required, the following labs are suitable for developmental testing:
For a description of developmental testing, please read the Developmental testing case study.
Module teams should contact Graham Healing for advice on the appropriate developmental testing for their module in production.
Telephone: +44(0)1908 332422
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