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EVAF4All: Electronic Voting Analysis and Feedback for All

Voting Handset
Electronic Voting Handset


Building on the work of a previous project to introduce voting systems into large class lectures, this project will develop a web-based tool for students and staff to get feedback on the data captured during these episodes in lectures.

The use of electronic voting systems (EVS) at FE institution level has grown markedly in recent years. In the last three years, the use of EVS in large introductory lectures has become increasingly widespread at the University of Edinburgh (and is aligned to implementation of the College of Science and Engineering's Teaching and Learning Strategy). Capitalising on the growing interest and expertise, this project brings together experts from multiple institutions and University of Edinburgh e-learning developers to create a web application that will provide students and staff with aggregated feedback on such questions via a simple online interface.

Question Analysis
A Question Analysis showing the screenshot for the question (left) and the vote results (right) - click to expand.

The features of the system will be such that students will be able to obtain a record of their progress in answering these questions, individually or aggregated across sections of a course or even the multiple courses for which they are enrolled. They will be directed back to relevant content via hyperlinks, and presented statistics regarding whole class performance. This feedback can thus aid their developing self-management of their own studying and provide valuable diagnostic feedback.

The staff view of the system will enable aggregated data to be extracted, which can be used to evaluate the efficacy of questions (which questions 'worked' or did not), sets of questions (for aspects such as breadth, balance etc) and analyse aggregated student performance (which questions exemplify misconceptions or difficulties). This analysis can then be used to feed back into subsequent course development and delivery. The majority of this information is captured at the point of delivery in the lecture, but the tool will allow staff to view aggregate data in a far easier fashion.

EVAF4All will create an EVS-neutral soln that will allow its use in many FE institutions irrespective of the underlying VLE and clicker-loan schemes in place, closing the feedback loop on this increasingly relevant mode of teaching and learning.

Project Status

This project runs from January 2009 to January 2010 and is jointly funded by JISC and the University of Edinburgh, building on a previous pilot carried out as part of University of Edinburgh's e-Learning Project Fund in 2007/2008.

Project News

  • Nov 25, 2008: Awarded JISC funding
  • Nov/Dec 2008: Planning & Evaluating partner institutions
  • Feb 2009: Edinburgh Meeting - thanks for those who turned up - very useful feedback
  • Mar-May 2009: Further requirements gathering
  • June 2009: Development underway based on modified requirements
  • Sep 2009: Attending Alt-C with poster session for EVAF4All
  • Nov 2009: PRS User Group meeting to disemminate findings and demonstrate EVAF4All
  • Jan 2010: Project funding period has officially ended with reports and outputs to follow soon.
  • Apr 2010: First release of EVAF - see Project outputs below.

Project Outputs

Project Contacts

Prof Simon Bates, School of Physics and Astronomy
Mr Keith Brunton, School of Physics and Astronomy

Project Documents & Papers

Additional Screenshots

List of courses
Showing a list of courses (as staff member) - click to expand.

Course Questions
An overview of the questions for a course showing basic stats (as staff member) - click to expand.

Import Preview
Screenshot of the import process - where a lecturer imports the voting data and attaches screenshots and question information - click to expand.