PBL – Classical Lit Play Project Survey Results

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I administered the survey below to my Classical Lit class two classes after the performance (the class after we broke everything down). We’ve not discussed it much (had maybe 15 mins worth of discussion, which itself was interesting, so I won’t comment much on it yet. I will say, though, that it was pleasantly surprising in its positivity. I didn’t expect it to be wholly negative, of course, but I did expect a few more negative outliers. Students are also completing open-ended assessments of the project, which I will post here in excerpt form as well. The survey is of course anonymous; I did ask in the first question whether students were an actor or non-actor, largely because of the questions about work load.

And 1 is negative / no, while 7 is positive / yes.

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The Cost of Comic Sans (Huff Post Infographic)

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So this was a cool intersection of my tech interests and the pseudo-academic past in which I envisioned myself sequestered in romanticized, rare book rooms / libraries throughout Europe (think Name of the Rose without the conspiracy / bloodshed; I did make it into a couple of those libraries in Rome while working on my undergrad thesis).

An infographic analyzes the impact that something as seemingly trivial as font choice can have on ink consumption and a single letter can have on paper use. (My students are constantly amazed at the Romans’ lack of use of spaces between words. I remind them that 1. it’s not has hard to read that way as you think and 2. how much space spaces take up in a book / how much paper could be saved if we remove those spaces.


Blended Week Book Interview Survey


This is a bit later than I wanted it to be, but after the blended week book interviews I surveyed the class to try to get some sense of its effectiveness. I’ve pasted the results below. (And most of the questions were agreement scales, with 1 being strongly agree and 7 being strongly disagree.)

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I was pleasantly surprised by the results (allowing, of course, for a bit of less-than-honesty), largely because it seems that the goals of the project / approach were met. In previous years, when relying exclusively on the final project, I had much less of a sense of whether or not students read, or to what extent they read, and in fact assumed that few had read. The interviews, it seemed, encouraged students to read and were a more rewarding form of assessment to boot. Definitely something I’ll be continuing.