My emailing experiment is coming to a close. We’re having our last face to face class tomorrow (Wednesday). I have collected almost 300 emails in the last three months (well,288 to be precise). Emails from me to the class, from individual students to me, from students to the whole group, from students to students. We’ve moved on to blogging and the emails have changed. They’ve become comments on the blog, requests for help with the technicalities. There’s been a transition period, almost everyone’s posted on the blog, but almost everyone is still using the group email, each for different reasons. It’s all fascinating and satisfying and rewarding. In three months there has been visible, tangible progress. And now it’s time to go back over it all.
I guess those 280 plus emails are a rich source of data. I guess that if I ask the right questions, they could reveal a lot about the role of emails in a face to face class. The task facing me now is to choose the questions. And that’s where I need your help. Here are a few to start with:
- is it possible to see and measure progress in fluency, confidence and accuracy over the period of three months? if yes, how?
- how many emails were sent by which students? is this consistent across the course? if not, is there a pattern? did some lesson prompt more emails responses than others? and if yes, why? did some students email more than others? why?
- what was the nature of the emails? (summarising, feedback, explaining tasks, requesting information, purely social) and what was the proportion dedicated to each type?
That’s just a start. I don’t know if I want or need to ask them all. I’m sure there are so many more questions to ask. I’ll be asking quite a few in our last class (as well as asking them to fill out a questionnaire later on to email to me!). I’d really love to hear your ideas, what questions would you ask of my data? What questions do you think I should ask? What answers would you be interested to know?
All and any comments very, very gratefully received! Thank you 🙂