Designing for Flexibility

Possible survey questions

Questions for learners

Age range

Distance from College (time taken to travel each way)

Life circumstances that impact on study
  • parent/ carer
  • full time work
  • lack of transport
  • learning difficulty
  • disability
  • other commitments
  • other

How well do you feel your existing skills, knowledge and experience are acknowledged and used in your courses?

How do you prefer to study?
  • face to face classes
  • 100% online
  • block study periods
  • a mix of face to face and online activities
  • other

How important is interaction with other students for you in your course?
a) face to face - v.import, imp, etc
b) online - v.imp, imp etc

What time of the day do you expect/prefer to be able to access material online?
morning, afternoon, evening, night

How often do you want to talk to your teacher about issues/progress
daily, twice weekly, weekly

How often do you need to SEE your teacher face to face?
never, once or twice, weekly, daily

How often do you expect teachers to respond to questions online?
twice daily, daily, twice weekly, weekly

What types of units do you prefer face to face contact with?

Do you prefer to access your online course resources:
a) all at once so I can move back and forth
b) bit by bit as we move through topics

Would you be happy to submit assessments online via a secure space?

What is your preferred means of general communication?
  • phone
  • email
  • sms
  • facebook or other social networking space

Questions for staff/peers

What is your current role?
  • FT teacher
  • PT/casual teacher
  • Head teacher
  • Director
  • manager
  • Support staff
  • Other

How do you currently deliver/communicate? (select as many as applicable)
  • face to face
  • video conference
  • adobe connect
  • skype
  • moodle
  • wiki
  • blog
  • podcasts
  • email
  • social networking space (eg facebook)
  • videos
  • other...

What is your preferred mode of communication with students?

What type of devices/equipment do you currently use professionally?
  • desktop computers
  • laptops
  • tablets/ipads
  • smartphone
  • recording devices (cameras/POV/sound recorder etc)

I need support to be able to use the following equipment:
  • interactive whiteboards
  • adobe connect
  • social networking
  • mobile devices
  • recording devices
  • moodle
  • wikis
  • blogs
  • other

The following types of support would be useful if we are to make our courses/programs more flexible:
  • awareness of technology options
  • learning/instructional design
  • course templates
  • models/case studies
  • professional networking meetings/gatherings to discuss options/ideas
  • more detailed input from learners
  • more detailed input from industry
  • other...

Questions for industry

Do you now, or have you in the past, employed trainees?

If you answered no above, please indicate the reasons why:
  • distance from training providers
  • I don't understand traineeships
  • I have heard of bad experiences from other employers
  • Its not worth it financially
  • Its too much work
  • other...

If you answered yes above please answer the following questions.

What type of provider provided the training?
TAFE, Group Training Company, Industry provider, community college, private provider

Please rate your overall traineeship experience:
rating scale

How did trainees undertake the training component?
block release
face to face weekly classes
100% on the job
a mix

Please indicate below the types of assessments undertaken by your trainees:
  • tests
  • assignments
  • practical tasks
  • workplace tasks
  • videoed tasks
  • other...

Consider your preferred training provider.
Why are they preferred?
  • cost
  • quality of training
  • reputation
  • depth of knowledge
  • delivery flexibility
  • assessment relevance
  • employability skills achieved by learners
  • qualification offered
  • other...

Please indicate any issues encountered by learner/employer with the traineeship:
  • communication
  • rigid delivery/assessment framework
  • irrelevant course resources
  • inability for flexible delivery or assessment
  • RTO staff do not have current skills and experience