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Web Pedagogies Week 12: Transactional Distance and Polling. Schedule. Last Weeks recap Project Reviews Polling Using the Polling tool Break Lab. Project Feedback (3). Please pick one project and read it over Prepare feedback points Give presentation. Polling: Assessing Opinion.

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Web pedagogies week 12 transactional distance and polling

Web PedagogiesWeek 12: Transactional Distance and Polling


Schedule
Schedule

  • Last Weeks recap

  • Project Reviews

  • Polling

  • Using the Polling tool

  • Break

  • Lab


Project feedback 3
Project Feedback (3)

  • Please pick one project and read it over

  • Prepare feedback points

  • Give presentation


Polling assessing opinion
Polling: Assessing Opinion

  • How do we know?: Ask everyone or sample the population

  • Why sample:

    • Efficient way to get information

    • Sample size determines margin of error (smaller samples have higher errors)


Polling samples
Polling: Samples

  • Recent Gallup Poll

    • Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,014 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted April 5-8, 2004. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.

Likely voters

Registered voters

Source:http://www.gallup.com/content/?ci=11260


Polling predicting
Polling: Predicting

  • Often a way of using aggregate statistics to find information to predict or explain.

    • Common Prediction: Forecasting presidential race

Likely voters

Registered voters

Source:http://www.gallup.com/content/?ci=11260


Polling explaining things
Polling: Explaining things

  • Exit polling common in politics to help explain outcomes:

    • For example: NH exit polls after primary

      • Kerry carried voters who wanted a viable candidate

      • Kerry ahead w/voters who cared about health care and economy

      • Dean ahead with wanting a candidate close to their own position

      • Dean carried anti-Iraq war voters.

      • Edwards ahead with those who cared about the ‘tone’ of race


Polling tracking responses over time

“In general, how would you say things are going for the U.S. in Iraq?”

Polling: Tracking Responses over Time

Source:http://www.gallup.com/content/?ci=11260


Polling disaggregating the data
Polling: Disaggregating the Data U.S. in Iraq?”

  • Demographic or other background variables often key:

    • Gender

      • Gender gap in politics: Men favor Bush over Kerry (46 to 38%) Women favor Kerry over Bush (50 to 37%)*

    • Age

    • Race

    • What else would be important?

  • Other background variable depending on the study

    • DCE report:

      • CS vs non-CS students

      • Students who had prior distance learning experiences vs. not

* Investor’s Business Daily, March 15, 2004


Polling in classrooms affordances of the web
Polling in classrooms: affordances of the web U.S. in Iraq?”

  • How can polling transform the classroom?

    • Instant feedback

    • Take the ‘temperature’ of the class

    • Do quizzes

    • Collect data

  • Other uses in education: Ed School admissions tool

    • http://poll.icommons.harvard.edu/poll/taker/pollTakerOpen.jsp?poll=1-1560-39788


Sites of interest
Sites of Interest U.S. in Iraq?”

  • Electronic assessment resources

    • http://www.aahe.org/assessment/assess_links.htm

    • http://www.getfast.ca/

  • Useful article: Butler (2003) “The Impact of Computer Based Testing on Student Attitudes and Behavior.”

    • http://ts.mivu.org/default.asp?show=article&id=1013

  • Polling sites

    • www.gallup.com

    • www.zogby.com

    • www.pewtrust.org


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