Teaching & Learning
Xavier worked closely with the SEBE Learning Support Team and myself who provided the bridge between the development of the new tool and implementation in his unit and with the Learning Innovations Team in DLF who provided the bridge between the university and the developers of FeedbackFruits.
This is partly determined by the misuse and misunderstanding of innovation; almost universally applied to technological and commercial pursuits, and perceived as synonymous with change or transformation. Add to the mix an entrepreneurial and cultural environment where innovation is positioned as ‘disruptive’, you can understand how confusion leads to mistrust – particularly in Higher Education settings.
For this reason, I prefer to present innovation as a stabilising force, with as much focus on ‘process innovation’ as on ‘product innovation’. True, we are working with amazing technologies like FeedbackFruits, however reimagining how we communicate, collaborate and support these products also demands an innovative approach – the work we’ve been doing with Tiffany and SEBE is a great demonstration of this.
The significant improvements made since version one, provided a seamless environment for most students during the second trial in T3. Once again staff and student evaluations were shared with FeedbackFruits who made further adjustments to the tool. Version 3 is now underway with five units involved in T1 this year. We will continue to evaluate the user experience of our Unit Chairs and students and work with FeedbackFruits to develop this tool.
Tiffany highlights a critical factor – the importance of evaluation to the iterative improvement of the product (and consequently, the student experience).
While it’s essential to understand the risks (and prepare contingency plans), there’s no underestimating the value of experienced teachers who can articulate the pedagogical rationale and requirements for the use of a tool, and a well-organised project team who can support the pedagogical, business and system requirements that facilitate its use. Importantly, in FeedbackFruits we have a very helpful, collaborative and patient partner who are very understanding of Deakin’s requirements!
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