An example of designing or adapting programmes to be flexible and inclusive
Group size: Large or small
Teaching type: Any
Division: Department for Continuing Education
Subject: Geographic Information Systems
Tools: Microsoft Forms Likert survey
One important tenet of adult education is that as a person matures, their accumulated experience becomes a resource for learning. For this reason, it is important to assess what skills students already have. A good example is the skills audit survey which students take before they begin a course on Geographical Information Systems. Tutors designed the survey to encourage students to reflect on what they already know and identify their knowledge gaps.
Survey results can be published anonymously. Tutors can also use survey results to identify skills gaps and so amend teaching accordingly. Microsoft Forms are very intuitive to use, and easy to share via a URL. The survey can also be embedded in a Canvas course. There is a wide range of attractive designs to choose from.
Weaker students may feel demoralised if they fall below the class benchmark in a number of areas.