[hackerspaces] Fwd: [091labs-public] Survey
padraic at 091labs.com
Fri Aug 24 14:45:59 CEST 2012
We received this today from Iain MacLaren who is a professor here in the
local University - NUI Galway.
I told him I could forward it on and asked him to go into a bit more
detail about the reason behind it.
"Thanks. It’s actually a fairly small initiative linked to a wider
report on creativity and education which I’m preparing, the inputs from
which will be discussed at a European meeting in Berlin in November. The
main point is to touch base with makers and see if they have comments to
make on educational experiences, etc. The more respondents the better
really. I’ll be presenting it at a formal educational forum and trying
to raise their awareness of this type of activity, its scale and the
passionate commitment of those who participate as part of a drive to
start to rethink what we mean by education. So by all means circulate."
So if you have the time to answer the survey, please do. If not, then no
I'm sending him Jarkko's survey results as I reckon they'd be handy -
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Subject: [091labs-public] Survey
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:16:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Iain MacLaren <iain.maclaren at nuigalway.ie>
Reply-To: 091labs-public at googlegroups.com
To: 091labs-public at googlegroups.com
I know, I know, I know. E-mail is full of 'please take just five minutes
of your time to complete our survey' type requests. It's often a pain.
Some are clearly a waste of time, but others might be valuable to
someone, might help a struggling researcher complete their work or
student get a qualification. Then when you do decide to help out by
completing the form, some of the questions make you want to tear your
hair out. 'No! That's a stupid way to phrase it' or 'Well I don't fit
any of those categories'.
You know the feeling, I'm sure. The problem is what to do when you
actually do have a survey that you need others to fill out? How can you
persuade people to devote some of their attention towards some tickboxes
and, even worse, writing some comments and suggestions? It's a tough
one, because you sympathise but you need the data! You really need the
data, because you are going to want to be able to make a difference to
some proposed education reforms, to help future learners and to inform
policy makers. What can you do? There's a deadline, there's a group of
people in Europe waiting to hear from you. You need data!!
So, you're stuck then to grovelling, to asking really kindly, to hoping
beyond hope that someone out there realizes that you are genuine and
that this is worthwhile and that it also helps just to connect even for
a few minutes with the wider community out there. You understand, don't
you? You want to help, I can tell and I'm really grateful. You just
maker survey form
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