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25th April
to 31st July
300 You will earn 300 bronze points for completing this activity.
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Improving student engagement using online textbooks in Sport and Exercise Science

25th April to 31st July
This Rise Research Internship will assist us in evaluating whether learning activities centred around online textbooks better prepare students for their on campus timetabled sessions. The project is taking place in the Department of Sport and Exercise in Block 4.

Host Researcher: Dr Adrian Burden

In Block 4 this year we, in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, will run a project that embeds pre-session activities for students centred around on-line textbooks. The activities will be posted on Moodle and hopefully better prepare students for their timetabled sessions. We ran a similar project last year, with the findings being presented at Man Met and international conferences.

We are looking for our Rise Research Intern to assist us in the project by helping to design on-line questionnaires and focus group questions which will be used to assess the effectiveness of the online textbook focussed activities. Once these tools have been designed we would like our intern to lead focus groups with students working on the pilot activity, and possibly staff. The intern will also assist us in analysing the information from the focus groups and the data from the online questionnaires. It would be great if the intern could also assist in preparing and presenting our findings at a Man Met learning and teaching conference in the summer, and even writing a journal article.

In A Nutshell...

  • •Design...on-line questionnaires and focus group sessions for students and staff from Man Met
  • •Lead...focus groups with students from Man Met
  • •Analyse...qualitative and quantitative information from online questionnaires and focus groups
  • •Present...findings from the project at a Man Met online event, together with the team
  • •Publish...findings from the project with the team
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • call_split 25/04/22 to 06/05/22
    Design of questionnaire and focus groups
    Both of these tools currently exist from last year but we need your assistance in redesigning them so they are fit for purpose. At this stage of the project you will also get to know the project team.
  • call_split 09/05/22 to 03/06/22
    Leading Focus Groups
    At this stage of the project we need you to lead the focus groups with student (and maybe staff) who have been involved in the project. There may be two or three groups, each lasting up to an hour.
  • call_split 06/06/22 to 17/06/22
    Analysing Data
    We will need help with analysing the information we get from the focus groups and online questionnaire n this stage of the project.
  • call_split 19/06/22 to 31/07/22
    Disseminating Findings
    In stage of the project we'd like you to assist us in preparing a presentation of the findings and, if dates allow, in presenting the findings at an Man Met event.