Week 9: Last minute changes before we evaluate
Submitted by Edward Latham on March 8, 2016 - 6:11pm
Good week all. Although I am happy to see that some people wished to jump in and start using either one of the forms I offered last week, the goal of last week to to choose one of the forms and offer suggestions for improvements to either one. Based on the feedback in the discussions, it appears form 2 (the shorter form) is the one we will go with.
Diana offered some changes and I added in most of those suggestions. I did refrain from adding in the suggestion about "Skills Addressed" for now. We currently have a narrative response called Usage in which reviewers can highlight specific areas in which the resource can best be used. If we would rather have a simple check list of "Choose all skills that might apply..." we could do that instead of the narrative, but I feel the quality of data we get from a checkbox option would not be as rich as what the short narrative might provide. What are people's thoughts? Stick with Usage as a narrative, Replace Usage with checkboxes for "Skills Addressed", or should we include both (please provide rational on this option if you desire this).
Some notes on the form. I have changed it so we have the following "features". Please comment on any you wish changed or added as you wish before we get cranking on evaluations.
- Each of our member names have been added to the drop down under Evaluator. Believe it or not, some people spell their name wrong at times and this prevents that from happening.
- In a similar vein I have added the resources from our Diigo list to a drop down for things to evaluate. If people would like to add more to the Diigo list, I will add those choices in on this dropdown. The idea is to have everyone using the same name when referencing a resource. Trying to tabulate data in which even a space or a capitol letter can be interpreted differently is a pain. These drop downs prevent processing errors and we don't have to type in names all the time :)
- After someone does an evaluation, there will be a link in the confirmation message that allows one to do another evaluation. This makes it easy to do a number of evaluations in one sitting without having to always try to figure out where to go to get the survey.
If you have any last minute edits or would like to have us rearrange any of the items, please share that now before people start getting into evaluations.
It may be best for people to hold off on doing evaluations until Friday this week to allow for any last modifications people may suggest. It is very hard to go back and "fix" existing data once we make changes. For example, we have three evaluations people have already spent time doing and that data may not easily fit with the drop down changes and the additions of the Suitability option that was just made today.
Link to the evaluation Form for you last editing before we begin to evaluate.
Perhaps everyone can simply hit the Like button on this post if you feel we are ready to start evaluating with this current form version and when we get over half of our members approving we could start off? In this way we don't need to wait until Friday? In any case, I hope that by the weekend, we are all able to begin evaluating any resource on our list.