Student feedback, anonymity, observable change and course barometers

A Course Barometer is a method for addressing the loss of informal feedback in a distance education setting. Originally proposed and used at the University of Trollhattan Uddevella this paper describes how the idea of a course barometer has been adopted by Central Queensland University. The paper suggests connections between anonymity, observable change and the level of student contributions. Usage statistics, staff and student feedback, and stories where are used to identify trends, draw conclusions and make suggestions for further improvement.