In an article Michael and I wrote for EDUCAUSE Review in 2016, we described our view of personalized learning as "a family of teaching practices that are intended to help reach students in the metaphorical back row". One of the key practices focused on gaining increased visibility into student coursework.
These same automated homework tools can also give teachers an easy view into how their students are doing and create opportunities to engage with those students. "Analytics" in these tools are roughly analogous to your ability to scan the classroom visually and see, at a glance, who is paying attention, who looks confused, who has a question.
With the usage of digital courseware to provide the homework tools, this focus on visibility into the learning process can apply across the entire course. What are different schools learning in this area?
As part of our e-Literate TV series of video case studies, we had a chance this fall to interview several institutions that are focusing on the benefit of increased visibility into student learning by usage of digital courseware based on interviews at the Realizeit users conference.1
In the first episode we explored the challenge of going beyond pilots and deploying systems at scale. In this second episode I interview representatives from the University of Mississippi and the University of Central Florida, asking them to describe their experiences and focus on the issue of increased visibility.
We'll share one more set of interviews from this conference in the coming weeks.
This post is part of our e-Literate TV series, which is funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions (or views) contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
By Phil Hill
- This post is not meant to endorse Realizeit's platform over other companies' platforms. We are focusing on institutional perspectives and lessons to be learned. [↩]