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Quality consultation on Tes resources

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by tesAuthorTeam, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. tesAuthorTeam

    tesAuthorTeam Administrator Staff Member TES Authors' forum host

    At Tes, we want to work more closely with you, the community, as your feedback will be invaluable in determining the measures and strategies we introduce to drive up resource quality, so Tes can continue to be a trusted place for teachers to get their resources. For further detail and context please visit the original thread.


    What quality is and what it means to you


    We recognise that defining precisely how to measure the quality of a resource is highly subjective, and have had many debates internally and with teachers about this! In summary, members of the community have said that at a high-level a quality resource should be:


    - accurate: in terms of content (containing the material as titled and described)

    - proofed/checked: not containing typos, no low quality/poor resolution artwork - maintains visual quality when printed off/displayed on screen

    - adaptable: so resource(s) can be easily used by those needing them

    - complete: providing what is necessary to use them (guidance, solutions, examples)

    - organised: being easy to navigate and use (clearly labelled, in folders)


    There have also been discussions about expectations for resources if they are free or paid for - should these expectations of quality differ? Tell us what else you expect from quality resources and how we at Tes and the community can ensure these needs are met.


    Copyright and plagiarism

    We want to do more to ensure uploaded content on Tes is free of copyright and plagiarism, including looking at how we can provide better support to authors in understanding the rules around copyright; there is much more on this to come. As a community platform we don’t take legal responsibility for the content shared, and operate a takedown policy in the event of any reported infringements. It is important to be realistic that as a community website we cannot implement or fully achieve solutions without your help. There has been feedback from authors about having groups of teachers who help with tackling copyright and plagiarism, and we’ll be exploring ideas around this. We appreciate your vigilance in raising concerns and welcome any further ideas around these issues. What are your thoughts on this?


    Reviews

    We always encourage users of Tes to leave reviews on the resources they download or buy. We want to improve these systems so more members of the community leave reviews and provide further information that can be helpful to authors, for example: whether a resource was used in class, if it met expectations, if the students responded positively, or if it was adapted or developed by the teacher to meet their needs. This information is invaluable to the community and we encourage everyone to leave feedback. Tell us what you think of the current review system. Do you leave reviews? If not, what stops you from doing so? We have heard from members of the community that they would like to see a system which rewards leaving reviews. Would you be more likely to leave reviews if there was some form of reward system in place?


    We welcome your feedback on resources and quality, and any other points you wish to make on these topics. Please share your views, experiences and your suggestions below. Thank you.
     
  2. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Occasional commenter Forum guide

    I'd be more likely to leave reviews if there were a reward system, but they would only be useful if more than one-word comments.
    I'd like to see structured feedback prompts such as Who did you use this with? / Was the description accurate? / Do you have any suggestions for adaptation / revision? as this feedback is not only useful for potential downloaders but also the writers of the resources.
     

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