DoC designed system sounds like a good idea to me, but then again I am biased. Me and some mates reckon that a day will be sufficient to design the system. People will be required to log in with college username (and some form of password) to stop repeat submissions, but as the site will be hosted on the union servers, we then remove usernames from the results hence making the process anonymous.
Passwords could be retrieved via a secure webpage, then secure access to the LEQ gained via the secure union server. All safe!
This way, college get more representative results; what they do with them is anyone's guess.
what's all this stuff about using another password?
why not use your normal college login/password?????
the cgcu intranet uses a perl login cheching script that authenticates against IC, DoC and Aero - so you could login via that, store the logins for all completed users in a mySQL table, to prevent repeated logins - and then all this stuff about passwords would be pointless, the only info stored would be the logins of people who had completed the survey, and hence eligible to win the hundreds of pounds prize!!!
ooh, not that i'm suggesting the union should host it or anything, but www.su already contains all the functionality to do this - the only issue being how mySQL would cope with a table of potentially 10000 rows. (and i'm not bragging or anything) mySQL/PHP is probably less likely to suffer from the problems/outages described above. I'm currently rewriting an Oracle/AOLserver website in PHP/mySQL just because the oracle/aolserver combination on www.su sucks so much!
I just can't beleive what a mess the IC system currently is. Why don't they think for a minute, and then decided that they could get students to write it - after all it would be cheaper, and will work - something they seem unable to do.
One theory I have is that all the staff have paid IC not to get it working. That way, when the deadline on Friday is reached, there will be no bad comments against them, and nothing to follow up. Simple really!! Any ideas??
A low tech approach ... everyone at a lecture writes the major point they learnt at the lecture and the item in the lecture that they thought was most poorly delt with on an anoymous slip.
These are collected - no lecturer even the most arrogant could resist reading them and hopefully would be able to start their next lecture with an improved explainations of areas shown up to be poorly understood by the slips. The information aqquired using the system would be made available to the union.
The above system is an example of current practice in many institutions - it provides simple good quality feed back to lecturers.
The aims of Imperial's LEQ system are however unlike the above entirely not student orientated. The system exists because the college is under a statatory requirement to collect data on a small number of questions such as what percentage of the lectures by Dr X did you attend?
What ICU should be ensuring is that if an electronic system is introduced to fulfil the college's legal obligations that students get some benifit from it too.
Just a point on the use of College usernames to authenticate users of the LEQ system.
1. Some students have two College usernames (such as JMC students).
2. recent ex-students retain college usernames.
3. Not all College usernames are for students
As far as I can recall, there was a problem last year with ensuring each student could only complete a survey once, and that only students could complete it. The currect method ensures that students have exactly one login username / password. I for example, as an ex-student was not emailed a username to my College login account.
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