Evaluation of eSafety's teacher learning program
Our 2021 program was evaluated as part of eSafety’s commitment to continuous improvement.
The ongoing webinar-based program provides guidance and support for educators and those working with children and young people.
The webinars include the latest online safety research, case studies and training strategies. Participants are encouraged to integrate the material into their student wellbeing and curriculum planning.
ORIMA Research conducted qualitative and quantitative research with webinar participants to evaluate the impact of the program, based on five criteria:
- learning among webinar participants
- confidence to teach online safety topics
- intention to transfer learnings into practice
- behavioural change
- program reach.
The quantitative component involved a survey of webinar participants before the start the webinar, after the program finished and then eight weeks later - following their participation in the training.
The qualitative component involved two online focus groups and five online in-depth interviews with first time webinar participants.
Summary of key findings
eSafety’s professional learning webinars were highly valued by participants due to the quality of the program and the importance of the subject matter. Almost all of the qualitative participants and survey respondents indicated that they were satisfied with the program.
The program met or exceeded expectations against all five criteria:
Evidence of learning
More than 90% of survey respondents answered at least two out of four ‘evidence of learning’ questions correctly.
Evidence of confidence
More than 90% of survey respondents said they were confident embedding online safety concepts in their work. All the qualitative participants reported that they felt (or would feel) more confident dealing with online safety issues because of the webinar.
Evidence of intent to implement
More than 90% of respondents agreed that they would implement what they had learnt in their professional setting.
Evidence of behavioural change
More than 60% of respondents performed at least two of the following actions:
- included eSafety in their teaching
- shared eSafety knowledge
- accessed eSafety website resources.
Evidence of reach
2,542 people attended the webinars in 2021. This was within ±20% of average webinar attendance for the full-year period spanning from 2017 to 2020.