work smarter not harder n.
Skip this Video
Download Presentation
“Work smarter, not harder”

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 6

“Work smarter, not harder” - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

“Work smarter, not harder”. Innovation through evaluation at HYms. Penelope Dunn HYMS/University of York @ Lady_PGD. What?: eBook use and interface preference Why? Variance in cost Student demand Over 40% of the reading list titles are available as eBooks

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about '“Work smarter, not harder”' - reina

Download Now An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
work smarter not harder

“Work smarter, not harder”

Innovation through evaluation at HYms

Penelope Dunn

HYMS/University of York




  • eBook use and interface preference
  • Why?
  • Variance in cost
  • Student demand
  • Over 40% of the reading list titles are available as eBooks
  • eBooks are largely viewed as a suitable alternative to/replacement for print

Service Evaluation:


Evaluation Method:

  • Focus Groups
  • Why?
  • Usage statistics do not tell the whole story
  • New approach
  • How?
  • One focus group at each site
  • Pre-focus group questionnaire – quantitative
  • Focus groups lasted 1 hour– split into two sections
          • - Discussion & interface specific tasks

eBook Focus Groups: Results

Supports rather than replaces print

“dip in and out”

“great for when I go home”

Good alternative if print not available/affordable

Access issues: multiple log-ins & “choppy” internet

Download period too short

Too much variance in design

Extra features not easy to spot/use (& not always wanted)

No standout choice for preferred interface


eBook Focus Groups:


Longer download periods


Improved interface design

Optimisation for tablets/eReaders

eBook ‘Favourites’ folder

‘Search topic’ function on HYMS eBook cross-search

Increased availability of dual screen PCs

Clarity on reading lists


Collection development

Key text books

Specialist items if possible

Improving student experience

Satisfaction with resources = happy students

Forwarding design and usability concerns to providers

Development of ‘topic search’ (long term)

Evaluate reading lists for clarity and rectify

Discuss potential for more dual screen PCs with IT

Future evaluations

Planning to run more focus groups in 2013/14

Innovation through evaluation