I lost a bit of speed on my PGCert project during my husband’s birthday week – it was a “big” birthday and was celebrated accordingly. With guests staying, I didn’t even attempt to do any project work.
Last weekend, therefore, I was resolved to push ahead. On Friday evening, I transcribed my conversations with ‘Interviewee A’ and ‘Interviewee B’, so that I would only have one more to transcribe after the third interview. (Rather alarmingly, I sound like a Classic FM announcer – this came as a bit of a shock! Not that I don’t like listening to them, but I had no idea that my accent and tone might sound similar. Gulp.) However, family life and unexpected calamities got in the way for the rest of the weekend, so I haven’t done any more writing for the final report.
However, I attempted a quick summary of some of the issues that arose, since I shall need to incorporate them into my report at some stage soon. (Another 421 words – pathetic, considering the lengths I sometimes write!) I won’t go into too much detail in this posting, however; my thoughts need to be refined and interpolated into the writing I’ve already done, so it would be inappropriate to write at length here. Furthermore, I hadn’t yet done the third and last interview, which will also need transcribing and analysing.
- My first two interviewees’ comments often reflected their status as part-time, mature distance-learners.
- Sometimes, learners realise that their difficulties are actually connected with a previously undiagnosed problem, such as dyslexia.
- The help of library staff is much appreciated.
- Being able to find instructional tools/apps easily comes through as a common thread; as well as providing a range of tools, the library needs to ensure that they can easily be found.
- Another issue raised, was that of interactive learning tools for learning how to do referencing; this ties in with questionnaire responses asking for more details about learning how to use the online bibliographic referencing tools that are now freely available.
Although five questionnaire respondents expressed willingness to be interviewed, I only actually had three responses when I followed up the willing volunteers, so I decided to accept that there will only be three interviews. Time is pressing, and I need to start writing up all the various components required in my portfolio!