We are serious about improving the learner experience in Saylor Academy courses. While we are pretty good guessers when it comes to the things that ought to change, the most important input of all will come directly from learners.
To play with some ideas, we have created a hosted instance (that is, a Saylor Academy version) of the open-source edX platform with some units from our BIO102 (Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Ecology) course loaded in.
What we are asking
If you have the right combination of time and interest, we would love to invite you to “register” for our test-version of BIO102, explore the site and features, and provide feedback on an intake survey and on an exit survey. Your feedback on what you like and what you do not, on what works and what does not, will allow us to shape the user experience of the forthcoming version of our site.
Some important details
- Nearly everything should be covered under ‘How to begin’, below. If you need to get in touch, the good folks behind this project are available at feedback [at] edx [dot] saylor [dot] org
- This is not an official Saylor Academy course — there is no certificate and no exam. This is just for some (serious) fun for everyone.
- This is not a full course (we DO have a full BIO102 course on our site, however).
- This is not an official edX course — it is a Saylor course on a version of the open-source edX platform, hosted on Saylor Academy servers.
- The test site has bugs, including broken links and placeholder text. It is a “rough draft” and our focus is on the student interaction with the course materials themselves.
- Registering for this test site is different from the normal Saylor Academy registration.
- This is utterly and completely optional.
- The format is fairly loose — how and when you engage with the test site is largely up to you; we will not actively guide or instruct, but there will be a beginning survey and an ending survey to learn your thoughts, and you certainly can send comments our way through other methods, too.
- The window for this project is about two months — we will shut down access by mid-July.
How to begin
- View the step-by-step registration guide — all the necessary links are provided there.