Digimap Evaluation at the University of Edinburgh
What is this project about?
Dr. Michael Gallagher of the University of Edinburgh is tasked with evaluating the Digimap (https://digimap.edina.ac.uk/) and towards that end he is looking to discuss Digimap with teachers, students, administrators, and interested parties. He is trying to learn more about how Digimap is used, all of which might inform future directions for Digimap and the EDINA team (https://edina.ac.uk/). Participants are being drawn from secondary schools licensed to use Digimap representing classifications from Ofsted Schools Inspection Process of categories 1-4; further sampling distinctions will to ensure participation from schools classified as rural and urban, as well as those from both Scotland and the UK partially due to the activities being generated as a result of an adherence to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and the UK national curriculum in England respectively.
What will be asked of you?
You will be asked to speak to Michael Gallagher in an interview either face to face or on the telephone. The interview is designed to last less than 60 minutes. Data being collected include awareness (of the Digimap service), perceived utility, workflow (how are participants using the service and other ICT services in the context of their day), barriers to use and comparatives (what other services might be used). The interview itself will be semi-structured, meaning there will be room to explore whatever you feel significant.
Who is conducting the study?
Dr. Michael Gallagher is tasked with evaluating the Digimap service for EDINA (https://edina.ac.uk/), a centre for digital expertise, based at the University of Edinburgh as a division of Information Services. EDINA developed and now administer the Digimap service. Michael Gallagher is a former teacher in secondary schools and university. He is currently a research associate at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a PhD in Education from University College London focusing on mobile learning in the humanities and is a Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He a Masters in Digital Education and a Masters in Information Science as well as a Bachelors in Secondary Education. He is happy to answer any questions you might have and can be contacted at the following address:
St Johns Land, Room 4.19
Moray House School Of Education
Old Moray House Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
+44 131 6516548

Any concerns about the conduct or aims of the research which participants wish to raise with someone other than Dr Gallagher can be addressed to Professor Sian Bayne, Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh (sian.bayne@ed.ac.uk).

How will the data be used?
You are invited to take part in the project through an interview where you will be asked to discuss your experiences with Digimap or similar applications and online services and how you use technology for your learning or teaching. The interviews will be conducted by Dr. Michael Gallagher. With your permission, the interviews will be recorded and transcripts will be created from these recordings. The data will be stored in a secure, password-protected location for the duration of the project and only be made available to staff associated with the project. Findings from the evaluation will be used to create a report for the research team and these findings can be shared with you, if you are interested. Data will potentially be used for academic publications but all data will be anonymised.
Consent Form
The following questions aim to ensure that teachers who volunteer to take part are fully aware of the nature of the project they have committed to. If you have any queries at all about this, please just get in touch with Michael Gallagher at michael.s.gallagher@ed.ac.uk.
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The following questions aim to ensure that teachers who volunteer to take part are fully aware of the nature of the project they have committed to. If you agree, please check each box. *
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