I am always amazed in two ways by student and staff voice within schools. I am amazed that more schools don’t do more of it and also amazed at the difference that effective student and staff voice can have. I always try to keep in mind that “two heads are better than one” and “you have to take people with you during periods of change” I am by no means an expert on student voice nor do I have a school responsibility for it. As Leader of E-learning my role is to facilitate the efficient collection and analysis of information gained from such activities.
Traditional Student and Staff Voice:
There are a number of traditional methods of collecting information from voice activities. Written questionnaires and face-to-face discussions are commonplace in schools and evolve in the best schools into student led and managed activities.
Enter the Technology:
Online questionnaires - There are a number of different approaches to creating and completing online questionnaires. Popular web 2.0 options include:
My personal favourite web 2.0 option at the moment is using Google Docs to create a Google Form questionnaire. I have been using them for a variety of options and simple questionnaires can be created in under 7 minutes.
Once created, it is as simple as providing your stakeholders with the web address of your form. They don’t need to have a Google account and Google even automatically creates the spreadsheet to hold all of your information. You also have the option to embed the form in a web page or your VLE.
Once you have collected your data, Google provides you with some pretty graphs and charts by clicking the “show summary of responses” option under the “form” drop down. You can then choose to publish the results and graphs publicly or to individuals, as well as deciding whether stakeholders have viewing or editing rights.
Online Questionnaire Uses: