MADEC Action Research Project Stage 1: Planning and preparation


How well will CGEA Level 3 meet the needs of students ie, further study and employment or social contact and self confidence?

Planning and preparation: developing the course and providing the teacher with support:

Actions: Preparation (List actions as you identify them)

Developing appropriate and relevent background and assignment topics.
Attend workshop on developing e-learning content.
Gather information and plan tasks which are relevent to an unknown audience.
Rethink entire project. Break it down to much smaller sections.

Achievements (List them as they happen and when)

Clarified questions.
Changed focus, changed levels
Reassessed delivery strategy.
Reassessed content.
Completed preparation wiki ready for trial in one module only.


The idea began as one of delivering an entire level of the new CGEA online. As I progressed I have realized it was an enormous task, even breaking it down into units. While the overall aim is to complete the original task we have now decided to break it down even further.

We will now change focus to preparing and delivering a short 'trial course' offering it free of charge to clients already registered with MADEC on jobsearch.

The age and interests of the participants will be a major issue. CGEA attracts students from ages 16 - 60 so tasks will need to be more general in outline, allowing the students to use the outline and relate it to topics or issues of persenal interest.

The original task was too large to begin with. Concentrating on, and preparing one module within one unit at a time is much more managable from the physical and mental aspect. While the overall certificate is still progressing and is well underway, looking at the certificate as a whole or even a unit as whole was very daunting.

It means however that the time taken to prepare a full certificate was very much under estimated.

Evidence/Data Collection

Timetable? Sample content? Enrolments? E-mails? Publicity brochures? Photos?

Timetable was way out for the entire CGEA course but was realistic for one sample unit.
5 level 2 students trialed the module. One found it very difficult as her eyesight is poor and negotiating the enlarged screen took some doing.
The other 4 managed it well after some intital hesitation and reluctance. The reluctance I feel is because it was different to anything they had previously done. Once into the lessons they enjoyed it and all completeed it successfully.

THE LAST THOUGHT: Resolutions (If I were to do this again, at this stage I'd...)