Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Measuring impact of the WIHEA #knowhow project

A tagsexplorer diagram showing social media interaction on the #knowhow tag
Tagsexplorer is the work of Martin Hawksey @mhawksey

Prior to my presentation at #OER18 where I will talk about the learning from this project, I have been investigating the engagement with the resources we created. This has produced some interesting information. 

The project has now long finished, it ran between Feb - July 2017. 

Firstly a look at the stats from a set of open resources we created and shared on Warwick's Learning and Development Centre website.

During the project these attracted a significant audience:
The pages have continued to be shared and viewed leaving a legacy to all those interested in how to be more open:
August to December 2017
and views continuing into 2018:
January to April 2018
On closer inspection that's 1206 hits during the project period (110 for logged in staff but there was no need to log on to view). This drops to 364 during the term following the project end (including 70 logged on staff and 5 students) and then evens out to 350 during the first quarter of April 2018 (324 not logged in).

There are other open spaces created as part of the project. This blog, set up as a shared space for project members to share their thoughts has attracted 1027 views since its creation in February 2017. It has attracted an international audience and the voices of student and staff participants have clearly been appreciated:
Our open G+ community  remains a place where I share all things open and anyone can join. The #WIHEA #knowhow hashtag remains alive too, continuing to connect a community on social media. We have shown that, through open practice we engage with the wider world, attracting others to our community. 

The thing about operationalising open practice is that people come to it when they are ready. This is what we expected. I am happy that we have left a legacy which will continue to bring people to experience open educational practice. 

As Robert Louis Stevenson (so I'm told) said:

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant"