Outcome of Studentlitteratur's in-depth test of LoopMe with 116 teachers

During the fall and winter we in the LoopMe team have had a collaboration with Studentlitteratur (a major Swedish publisher house) where they have really put LoopMe to the test. In three different municipalities, LoopMe has been tested in teacher training in cooperative learning. A total of 116 teachers participated in the work. The work was done in close collaboration with experts in cooperative learning. Niclas Fohlin and Jennie Wilson designed action-oriented assignments in LoopMe, and then gave educators feedback after completed assignments via LoopMe.

In parallel with this, Leif Lundgren at Studentlitteratur has conducted a study where information has been collected from school leaders, teachers and experts more specifically about how they perceived the work with LoopMe. Now this information has been analyzed in detail.

How did it go then?

Well, according to those who participated in the project and the subsequent evaluation, it went absolutely brilliant. LoopMe proved to make school development more concrete, more scientific and more visible. The pace of development work increased. The effort for teacher skills development reached more teachers, became more equal and more enduring. As many as 98% of the 43 people who subsequently participated in the evaluation stated that they were satisfied with the assignments they had received in LoopMe, and a full 100% were satisfied with using LoopMe to reflect on how they were doing. The tool itself was found to be easy to use and smooth, and 91% were satisfied with it. 86% thought LoopMe had made a real difference to them personally. They appreciated that teachers test things everyone together, that the work is more enduring, that you get feedback from experts and that all reflections are collected and structured. The challenges that were raised afterwards were that the feedback sometimes took a little too long, that it sometimes became stressful to work on assignments, and that for some it felt unfamiliar to use a new digital tool.

Cooperative learning was also tested

Cooperative learning as a phenomenon also received a very positive response from the participants. The students' involvement increased, they became more engaged. Weaker students in terms of knowledge put more effort in school.

We at the LoopMe team are very pleased to have been given the confidence to participate in such a rigorous test, and think it is nice to see that LoopMe is so appreciated by the staff at the participating schools. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated and a special thank you to Leif, Niclas and Jennie who have worked hard on this test throughout the past year.


Scientific digital schools in Uddevalla

Since 2018, Me Analytics AB and Chalmers University of Technology together with the Municipality of Uddevalla have been running a project that is about scientific school in a digital age. The project is based on a completely new digital scientific method that has come to be called "Scientific social media" - social media tailored for social science research.

The IT tool LoopMe is built to support schools that work scientifically according to the method. LoopMe is similar to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, but is fully customized to collect large amounts of empirical data for research purposes. The tool has proven to work well for pedagogical action research, where a large number of teachers participate in research processes by studying their own practice in a systematic, coordinated and documentary way. Uddevalla Municipality has been a pioneer in the work of scientific social media.

The teachers who have participated say that they now reflect more and more deeply about their teaching, in a simple way. They are forced to think and develop more regularly, and then move forward in the profession. They also get better at what they do, something is aroused in them and their skills increase. They also save time compared to other working methods. The assignments they have received in the digital IT support have led to better student relationships, safer corridors, more effective school start-ups, strengthened culture and participation in the workplace, and much more.

The school leaders who have participated say that the way of working is time-saving, and that it is an easier and more time-efficient way to develop the school. They also think they get a quicker idea of ​​what works and what doesn't, and can thus adjust more quickly. They like that they can get detailed "for real" statistics to which they regularly return. An important issue that was raised early on was whether existing IT systems would suffice, and that new IT support would be perceived as unnecessary. However, they now see that you do not "get together" the whole picture with existing systems, and that it has not been burdensome with another system because it is so easy to use. Finally, the educational leadership has also been strengthened through closer and more regular contact and dialogue with educators, as well as through better consensus in the school management.

Initially, there was some resistance, as well as many perfectly reasonable question marks, which are now answered. It also did not go as fast as first announced, which was probably good, but now it is progressing more and more. Where we have started, we have had a very positive outcome, both among school leaders, teachers and other staff. In the longer term, it looks very promising, and you can already see that this will lead to better education in Uddevalla, which was the goal, and the interest from outside of Uddevalla is substantial right now. The project's way of working is also world-unique, and is likely to spread widely throughout Sweden.

In this video (NB: In Swedish!), the staff at two schools participating in the project talk about their image of how things went:


Skolutveckling på vetenskaplig grund i en digital tid from LoopMe on Vimeo.


 


Faster feedback in Huddersfield

Since 2017, the Enterprise Team at the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre, University of Huddersfield have been using LoopMe as an IT-tool to lead and follow their student’s learning process in real-time. The team has found LoopMe to be really useful. Catherine Brentnall, Business Start-up Advisor says:

– It’s smoothed some of our admin processes which, so there used to be a monthly report which students were late with, which they didn’t get timely feedback on, where we couldn’t easily see if they were struggling or not. This time, the process was quicker (only one late return), we gave feedback within a few days, and we could tailor feedback and ask for meetings and see and respond to student issues much quicker.

She has also discovered that LoopMe is enabling the Business Advisors to get feedback from students who otherwise might be pretty quiet:
– I’ve been surprised at the lengthy responses from some (shy) students, those who have not said much in group scenarios, and even in 1-2-1 meetings have seemed reserved/holding back, and then they have got online and spilled their guts – fascinating, so it’s a mechanism that is facilitating interaction that I think would otherwise not exist.

The tags (categories) that are used in LoopMe by the Enterprise Team at Huddersfield are indeed very interesting ones; for example, they want the students to tag every time they feel that they are becoming more creative, more resilient, more self-motivated or being out of comfort zone. This will be exciting to follow up for the whole Enterprise Team during the year!

Catherine B
The team found it easy to get started with using LoopMe. Catherine says:

-I’m not into tech, don’t have a lot of apps on my phone, generally use email/text and websites and I have got to grips with it. I use LoopMe on a PC (I can’t see well enough on the app). If I can, anyone can I think!

Here is a video where Catherine Brentnall and Philip Clegg talk about their use of LoopMe:

LoopMe at University of Huddersfield - Enterprise Team tells the story about it (Longer version) from LoopMe on Vimeo.

 


Reduced sick leave in Skurup

For more than a year, pre-school developer Marie Cornmark has been using LoopMe as a communication and support tool together with the 180 employees in pre-school in Skurup municipality. She can already see it has made a difference regarding well-being and the ability to apply learning reflection in everyday life. The rates of sickness absence also show good effects due to this approach: the annual summary shows that sickness absence among Skurup preschool staff has decreased from 7% in 2016 to 5.9% by 2017.

– The added value of LoopMe is that I can get feedback from my employees in a very simple and quick way. A day of professional development doesn’t end when the day of training is over anymore. LoopMe opens up for an ongoing impact: I can communicate with each employee who sends loops to me. Based on that, I can then analyze, compare and interpret both the participants’ response and their opinions about the content of the education.

The tags the employees chose to use in their loops, as well as the emotional icon they used, gave me a quick overview of the overall experience of the training day. I could forward this feedback to the lecturers who could then adapt the content into their next training days.

Marie Cornmark is a pre-school developer in Skurup Preschools, which comprises 11 preschools and three preschool leaders. Since January 2017, she also participates as a facilitator in the municipality’s competence development project Inkludera & Mötas (Inclusion by Joining in). The project is a three-year-project and is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). All project leaders in the project uses LoopMe in their formative dialogues together with the more than 600 employees participating in the project. The research team that follows the project also uses the system as a support in their data collection.

Marie Cornmark’s part of the project is called “Rings on the Water” and was started on the basis of a number of wishes that appeared in the mapping that preceded the project. – We wanted our employees to experience greater transparency, joy, clarity, responsibility and effective cooperation at their workplace.

During four half days in 2017 Marie collaborated with two external trainers who worked with all staff. Together, she and her staff assimilated several tools that they could use in their workplace and in their private life. – During the education it became clear for everyone how easy it is to say that we all should work to create transparency, joy, clarity, etc, though much harder to know HOW to work with it. This was the very focus of the education.

Between training days, Marie has observed the staff in groups a number of times. In these groups, she noted that the new tools were discussed, and that the usage also raised from the personal level up to the level of professional operation. –Before each meeting, I prepared myself by reading the tasks that the participants had conducted. Through their reports, I was able to see what the participants had learned during the training days and could also find out if something was unclear and needed to be further explained or processed. Furthermore I could get suggestions for topics of discussion before the next staff meeting. Through LoopMe, I was able to clarify, explain and ask questions by commenting on their personal LoopMe-reports.

Increased ability to reflect Marie describes that her colleagues in preschool often feel that they do not have enough time to reflect on new teaching- and working methods in their work. Nor have they been used to reflecting individually.

-Using LoopMe has challenged every employee to reflect, but in peace and quiet, instead of sitting with his or her team of work, where some easily can take a more passive role because of them feeling emotions of insecurity. Here I could see how LoopMe got some of my coworkers to dare to express their view that otherwise held a low profile.

Marie could also see how many employees developed their ability to reflect over time. – I could see at the start of the project many participants assumed that I as a receiver expected a “correct” response from them. After looping a few times, I could see a difference in depth in their reflections and that they dared to express more on their thoughts and opinions.

She further states that even her own way of coaching her staff during this competence development has been affected: -As a facilitator, I have learned to ask questions and give the participants tasks in LoopMe that are beneficent to both me, my coworkers and the organization. I have also tried using a flat group in LoopMe where participants can read each other’s reflections. I chose to do this in a group I felt had created a team spirit and trust. The participants felt it was rewarding both being brave sharing their thoughts, and to get acquainted with other people’s experiences and reflections. We developed a safe collegial learning process that was not dependent on everyone being on place at the same time for sharing their reflection.

Improved working environment Skurup municipality’s annual summary of sickness absence among its employees also clearly shows that the negative trend has turned. In general, absence due to sickness has increased in recent years, but by 2017, sick leave for staff in pre-schoolas decreased from 7% (in 2016) to 5.9%. Marie confirms that she can notice a change in well-being, working environment in the groups.

In LoopMe I can read that employees both remind / encourage each other to use the tools, and also provide feedback to each other when they find that a tool has been used. The prosperity has increased, and I think this is because they have stopped the negative spiral they previously experienced as they now have the tools to influence their own way of meeting different people and their surroundings. They are now more aware of the energy they spread at staff meetings, in the staffroom and in the meeting with parents and children. Now Marie and her colleagues want to ensure that the positive trend is in place. Marie will continue to use LoopMe with her unit developers as this contributed to a collegial learning they seek. She also believes that Skurup Preschool will continue with further training days together with the two external educators. This is the beginning of a learning journey and we will also analyze this way of working with both training and LoopMe as an evaluation tool to bring our new understanding into our planned skills management plan.

The Project ”Inkludera & Mötas” (Inclusion by joining in)

The project “Inkludera och Mötas” is a three-year project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Skurup municipality. The long term effect of the project is to prevent youth exclusion, by training professionals. Focus is on inclusion, motivation, response and norm-critical approaches, as well as providing tools for streamlining organizations.

The project started in February 2015 and comprises about 600 participants from the municipality of Skurup, local companies, the Employment Service and some jobseekers.  The project ended on February 15, 2019.


How to invite my loopers

When you have created a group in LoopMe with some content, it is time to invite people to complete the tasks you have prepared for them. Here is an article from our support centre on how to do this:

Invite members to your group

 

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How to set up a new group

In the support centre, there are a few different articles showing you how to set up your own group:

In the "Getting started" section in our support centre you will find the following posts:

Create the school's first LoopMe group (for teachers)

Create another group at the school (for teachers)

And in the "Using LoopMe" section in our support centre, you will also find the following posts:

Create a group (teacher/leader)

Learn more about groups, roles and permissions

 

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How to test LoopMe with a colleague

A good way to test LoopMe with a colleague is to pick a package that you find interesting, and start a new group with the package content. Then you invite your colleagues to this group. Ask them to pretend to have completed the task, and then reflect upon their "insights". Here are some instructions from our support centre for this:

Create a group (teacher/leader)

Invite members to your group

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How to sign up as a new user

As a new user with LoopMe, your sign-up process will look a bit different depending on who you are. Are you a teacher, a student, a school leader, or some other role? And if you are a teacher, will you design tasks for others, or will you get tasks from a school developer? Depending on your context, here are a few support articles that could get you started:

I am a student

I am a teacher who will get school development tasks from someone else

I am a teacher who will use LoopMe with my students

Are you a different role, and don't know how to get started. Contact us:

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