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Online Small Group Analysis (OSGA)




The seven-step Online Small Group Analysis
The seven-step Online Small Group Analysis (OSGA) is an investigative technique for the formative assessment of online teaching efficacy. Based on the well-established face-to-face Small Group Analysis, this tool added three additional elements to address the specific characteristics of the online learning environment.

What are the main features?

The key characteristics of this tool include:
  • The assessment is performed midway through the semester, rather than at the end.
  • The procedure is non-directive; there are no predetermined items to “rate,” in Likert-fashion, the instructor.
  • There is the oral component which students verbalize their responses in a live online setting, which results in group dialogue.
  • Involvement of an instructional developer to conduct and transcribe the interview(s), as well as to offer to the instructor suggestions and recommendations for course improvement based on the student feedback obtained.

How do I implement it?

The procedure of OSGA is detailed from page 5-9 of a pilot study conducted by Western Carolina University. It also covers implementation issues and challenges that took place during the pilot.

What does it measure?

This tool aims to answer the following key questions:
  • What are my strengths and challenges as an instructor?
  • How can I improve the teaching and learning environment for my students?

In the OSGA pilot study, the following questions were posed to the students during the virtual meeting in order to analyze the findings:
  • What aspects of this course and/or the instruction are helping you learn?
  • What aspects of this course and/or the instruction would you recommend be changed to improve your learning? Please offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Any other comments?

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