Innovative co-evaluation and co-creation of an online learning programme with de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

Kath MacDonald, Iddo Oberski, Kim Christie, Amanda Stears


In order to enhance diversity, internationalisation and widening participation, Queen Margaret University’s PgCert in Professional and Higher Education was re-designed for online delivery in 2015-16. This programme has run successfully in a blended-learning format for over a decade and this change was anticipated to be a major transition for both staff and students. So as to maximise student engagement in the online environment, we involved students in the re-design of the programme and evaluation, during and after the first year of delivery. This included a video record of the application of de Bono’s (1989) ‘Six Thinking Hats’ in facilitating staff reflections, an online survey designed and run by two student representatives and a final collaborative thematic analysis of data with staff and students. In this paper, we focus on student and staff experiences of and perspectives on transitioning to the online environment and reflect on the student-engaged design and innovative evaluation method used.


co-creation of the curriculum; elearning; evaluation; thinking hats

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