What makes Acrobatiq courses unique in the marketplace? Some say it’s the evidence-based approach to learning and course design, based on ten years of research from CMU’s Open Learning Initiative, others say it’s The Learning DashboardTM. We know that it’s both, and the fact that we never stop iterating.
This summer we are releasing newly developed features in a private beta period with select customers. These new features are being rolled out on a course-by-course basis this summer for use in the fall of 2014. With our latest update, we have released two new major pieces of functionality that represent a giant leap forward in enabling faculty to gain insights into the work their students are doing and more importantly, how that work impacts learning.
Using a customizable, question-based interface, instructors can quickly gain insight into student learning. Previously, an instructor only had access to learning information broken up in one predefined way. However, we know that learning is only one piece of the puzzle. When that information is related to work, instructors can much more easily identify students who are at risk and tailor the intervention based on how much work they are (or are not) completing in the course. As users create tailored views (such as identifying a group of students to track, or based on schedule) they can save their favorite views. For example, the image below is a snapshot of students’ learning states since the start of the course. Now, our engagement and learning data allow the user to understand the relationship between a students’ work and their learning progress, which they can tailor to the method of instruction they are using (standard class, flipped classroom, competency-based mentoring, etc.).
View Student Work
For the first time, instructors can see all of the formative practice work their students have done (as well as quiz and homework) just as the student sees it. This includes any recommendations or achievements students accomplish as they work. Besides providing insight at the individual student level, this facilitates communication among teachers and students who connect remotely. Instructors will finally have the ability to specifically target their online students who are at-risk and deliver tactical intervention.