Due to regular exercises and tests, students keep up and do not leave all study load for the final exam.
Because of the use of clickers (research methods) and SPSS (data analysis) in the lectures, the students are actually doing something, and are more involved.
Many of the technologies used are new to the students. Good introduction is needed in order to get them acquainted to them.
This year, I only teach data analysis. Next year, I teach the complete module. Although this ensures a perfect match between both parts, it obliges me to work in an efficient way.
In 2013/2014 the programme will be restructured and the course will cease to exist. Excessive investment of time in development is therefore not worthwhile.
Without SPSS, students cannot practice during the lectures and, more importantly, cannot do the homework assignments. Some only communicate their problems during lectures.
The group is large and I see little signs that the students act as a community.
I spend lots of time answering e-mails, in which often the exact same questions are asked. I also feel that some students still have the question, but do not write me.