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My Emerging Leaders group has been charged with (among other things) designing an assessment instrument – specifically an email survey to be sent after conference. We strongly suspect that people would be more likely to fill out a short paper form right then and there, but there is a green initiative for this conference pushing us towards using something electronic.
Ideas we’re throwing around:
I’d love to hear what anyone else thinks or has done in the past.
ETA – As a clarification: our survey is just for our little program (ACRL 101), not the whole conference so we would have handed you the paper survey as you walked in and asked you to fill it out before you leave, with the idea that people are more likely to bother filling it out in the moment and more likely to ignore an email invitation to a survey later, but there are a number of good arguments here and I’m all for source reduction, so I think I’m leaning towards “the extra responses aren’t worth the environmental impact.”
The first one I see has already been used once at Stephen’s Lighthouse. I just want to elaborate on it a little bit because it’s one that my dad sent me while I was in college and that has taken on a couple of different shades for me since then. Something I’ve picked up from psychology is that we often hate the most in others that which we don’t like about ourselves. So the next time you’re complaining about someone, see if there isn’t a little kernel in there that rings true about yourself. If there is, think about what you can do to address that. But even if there isn’t that kernel in a specific instance, the advice also feeds in to the idea of modeling good behavior and that one person can make a difference. I was afraid at first that I shouldn’t pick this one, that it was a little too Pollyanna, but then again, so am I. Sometimes it’s good to bring a little wide eyed good will into a situation.
The second one is from one of my personal heroes, Bill Nye (more on Nye below). I am so enthralled with the idea of the perpetual Beta. Not everything has to be perfect before it’s released. Collect feedback, refine. Learn from experimentation. Try things! And own them. When something fails, learn from that too. One of the best things about perpetual beta is the sense of ownership, that someone is there and listening and working. That’s something that’s missing from things that are released and done.
The rules are simple:
Then add it to the Flickr Pool too.
Stepping away from the passion quilt – another thing that bumped Bill Nye up on my personal hero list: I was helping a student who was doing a paper on whether or not addiction is a disease. She needed scholarly articles on both sides of the debate. She had plenty saying that it was, but wasn’t finding any for the other side. Oooo! I thought. Bill Nye the Science Guy did an Eyes of Nye on addiction (episode 3 – unfortunately I can’t directly link to it)! I told her I was pretty sure Nye said it did end up having a chemical effect on your decision making skills, so it wasn’t all about will power, plus if Nye was saying it he was probably representing the scientific mainstream, but let’s check out the show site and see what it has. On the site for that episode he had a section called the flip side where he mentioned an article from a Yale professor arguing the opposite viewpoint – including a link to the pdf! Go Nye!
Just playing with Animoto:
My mini review:
ETA: This particular musical selection was not one of the choices – it’s from The Lovely Sparrows. Now I did not ask permission to use it, but I don’t think my boyfriend is going to say no, especially since I built his website for him 😉