June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Computers in Education
23.1398.1 - 23.1398.15
Work-‐in-‐Progress: ‘Like’ that Lecture XYZ is a new computer-‐based learning tool primarily designed to support engineering science courses. XYZ is intended to supplement instruction in courses having large enrollments, and for students who may have varied backgrounds and aptitudes. Because of the diversity of learners in these courses, our approach is to present material in a variety of styles (e.g. including both systematic and intuitive, conceptual and applied…). This wide variety of presentation styles can help students, in general. But a large class lecture doesn’t provide the opportunities to adjust delivery in a learner-‐centered fashion compared to a small class setting. Hence an objective for XYZ is to provide instruction that supplements standard lectures, and that is learner-‐centered. For example: the order, selection and number of practice problems can be tailored to individual needs. Thus, where a large format lecture does not provide the opportunity to customize delivery to the individual, XYZ can. XYZ employs concepts from social media to incorporate ‘like’ / ‘dislike’ declarations in order to characterize a student’s comfort zone, along with performance measures. These data serve as a guide for learner-‐centered delivery. XYZ presents the student with content, examples, and practice problems inside the comfort zone, first. It then challenges the student by pushing the comfort boundaries. We hypothesize that the social media-‐type of approach might have advantages over a fixed characterization of learning style. The social media technique is more fluid. Hence it may serve as a better basis for a prediction, for example, when students adapt their learning style as they progress through a course. Research questions for our early development include: • Will students use the ‘Like/Dislike’ declarations consistently? • How well can the social media declarations predict a student’s comfort zone? • How much does ‘optimal’ ordering and selection of examples / homework problems, reduce study time and improve performance? The full paper describes XYZ features and implementation. XYZ includes some relatively common features for computer-‐based tools such as the integration of lecture, examples, and assessment. XYZ guides the student through subject content, interactive examples, and assessments in a sequential manner. These features are designed to engage the learner with interactive exercises, and to verify readiness prior to moving on to additional material. Our timeline for this work-‐in-‐progress has system testing in Fall Quarter 2012, recording content in Winter 2013, and initial deployment to students in Spring 2013. Control groups for assessment can be formed with students who opt out of the social media declarations, for example.
DePiero, F. W. (2013, June), Work-‐in-‐Progress: Design of an Online Learning Coach Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22775
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