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APPENDIX 6A—FOCUS GROUP QUESTIONS

Questioning Route:

1.

a. Who has used digital images in the classroom? (show of hands)

b. Who would like to use digital images? (show of hands)

 

2. Would you briefly describe your experiences with using digital images to teach.

___ How did you use them?

___ Project images on a large screen in the classroom to accompany lectures.

___ Assign viewing of images outside of class in conjunction with lectures, reading, or projects.

___ Display images on-screen at individual workstations in a lab or classroom setting.

___ What were some of your concerns?

___ What were some of the surprises?

___ What prompted you to use the images to teach?

___ What did you find most challenging?

___ What did you find to be the least challenging?

 

3. What were the advantages and disadvantages of using digital images in the classroom?

(specify the circumstances and how you used the images)

___ Equipment

___ Image quality

___ Delivery speed

___ How long did you wait for an image to be delivered:

on-screen at your workstation?

on a large classroom display screen?

___ What do you think is an acceptable length of time (in seconds) to wait for an image to be delivered?

For those who would like to use digital images, how would you like to use them?

___ Classroom

___ Research

___ Assignments

___ What are your concerns?

___ What do you perceive as some of the advantages?

___ What would need to happen to enable you to use them?

 

4. What differences do you perceive between using digital images and other visual resources such as slides, videos, books, and prints?

___ How might these factors impact the way you teach?

___ What are your concerns?

___ What are some of the advantages of slides (or other visual resources)?

___ What are some of the disadvantages of slides?

___ What can you accomplish with digital images that you cannot accomplish with slides (or other visual resources)?

___ What can you accomplish with slides that you cannot accomplish with digital images?

___ In a course you taught where you used slides, how often would you say you have changed the slides that you used as examples?

___ How many slides do you normally use for a course?

___ If you had to make a decision between ordering a slide set and having the digital images of that slide set available to you and your classes, what would your decision be?

___ Can you envision circumstances that would lead you to the opposite decision?

___ If your slide library were to subscribe to a repository of digital images, as well as supplying access to slides, which would you prefer to use?

___ Can you envision circumstances that would lead you to the opposite decision?

___ Slides are always accessible. Once your institution purchases a slide set, it has the right to use the slide set for as long as the slides hold up. Since museums have only just begun to license digital images the continuing availability of the images for teaching and research is not yet worked out. How long (in years) would digital images need to be available to you in order for you to incorporate them as core examples in a course?

 

5a. What are the critical factors in deciding to use digital images to teach?

___ image selection

___ image quality

___ text data

___ cost of using or acquiring images

___ delivery speed

___ equipment (projection systems, computers)

___ tools and templates to manage images

___ expertise with technology

___ accessibility for students

___ student labs

___ technical support

___ training

___ help with setting up the digital environment (TAs, support staff)

___ time required

___ acceptance by other faculty members

___ copyright issues

5b. Are there barriers/impediments to using digital images?

___ image selection

___ image quality

___ text data

___ cost of using or acquiring images

___ delivery speed

___ equipment (projection systems, computers)

___ tools and templates to manage images

___ expertise with technology

___ accessibility for students

___ technical support

___ training

___ help with setting up the digital environment (TAs, support staff)

___ time required

___ acceptance by other faculty members

___ copyright issues

___ What is the single most important thing that needs to happen in your perspective to make the use of digital images in the classroom a commonplace decision?

 

6. How can other faculty members be encouraged to use digital images?

___ What was good about using them?

___ What would have made it easier for you?

___ What was most problematic?

___ What type of changes need to be made to the classroom setup?

___ What type of additional training would be needed?

___ What type of incentives are needed?

 

7. Would you use digital images again to teach?

___ How would you feel about using digital images again?

___ How did your experience with the MESL images compare with other digital images?

___ What might you do differently?

___ Would you use digital images to accompany class lectures again?

___ Would you use digital images to do research again?

___ How would you like your students to use digital images?

___ How do you think students will use digital images?

___ In what types of classes do you think you or your colleagues would be most likely to incorporate digital images?

Back to Chapter 6

 


The Cost of Digital Image Distribution:
The Social and Economic Implications of
the Production, Distribution, and Usage of Image Data

By Howard Besser & Robert Yamashita
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Imaging/Databases/1998mellon