Yik Yak focus group


I’ve recently been thinking about how long students should spend on their essays (see my blog post on the subject) . I thought it might be an idea to post something up to Yik Yak and see if I’d get a response, and I was pleased that I got quite a lot of interesting responses, from 11 different people (as the app is anonymous I suppose I can’t be sure they are students).

The responders appear to be from a range of departments and years and the time spent ranges from a day to 2 weeks, but with most people seeming to suggest between 3 days to a week. I have decided to include the whole conversation below, despite the fact I regret using the phrase ‘read superficially’ in my response, when I meant ‘read pragmatically’, but Yik Yak is quite an informal and immediate forum and I don’t tend to draft my responses!

Nonetheless I think this was a useful exercise, kind of like a Yik Yak focus group, I’ll have a think what I might ask ‘the herd’ in future…

Screenshot from Yik Yak conversation about time spent on essays

Yik Yak conversation about how long to spend on an essay.

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About digitalscholar

I am a sociologist with an interest in new technology. Previously I’ve worked on a number of projects at Lancaster University and the Open University looking at the use of new technologies and social media by researchers. I was also a social sciences teaching fellow at the foundation centre at Durham University teaching sociology and anthropology. I am now a senior lecturer at the University of West London's Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning where I oversee the foundation provision and support retention. I'm sure I'll still be interested in, and occasionally blog about, tech related things. I use this blog to post thoughts about using new technologies in my professional academic life and wider thoughts and links relating to technology more generally.
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2 Responses to Yik Yak focus group

  1. leohavemann says:

    Very interesting post Nick. I definitely think more like the English and Philosophy students where it comes to reading. I think reading a wide of range of sources superficially is an excellent first step but I would be concerned that I don’t actually know the content of them well enough to base a complex argument around them if I stop reading there and start writing. But I agree with your point about the diminishing returns.

  2. I like the concept of using Yik Yak to poll student opinion. It’s interesting to see the responses others can relate to being voted up.

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