Entries by innovate @ umass

Accessing Collaborative Online Learning with Mobile Technology in Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning

The Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model complements course lectures by actively engaging students in solving structured problems collaboratively, working in small groups of six to eight students led by a trained peer. (April 4, 2016 Educause Review article, Elyse Feder, Ibrahim Khan, Gabriela Mazur, Tyler Vernon, Thomas Janke, James R. Newbrough, Lorie Shuck, Lin Zhu, and Pratibha Varma-Nelson)

The latest in ed tech? Snapchat.

77% of college students use the app on a daily basis. (EAB Daily Briefing, 3/30/16) Instead of fighting to keep students off of their cell phones and looking at their books, one professor is meeting his class where they spend much of their time: on mobile app Snapchat.

Teaching Centaurs

We are about to see a new kind of student on campus. They are the first wave of a post-millennial generation. They were born into a world of Google, Wikipedia, and cell phones, and entered adolescence the same year that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Netflix Streaming, iPhones, GMail, and Google Docs all came into being. On […]

Learning analytics in massively multi-user virtual environments and courses

JCAL special issue on “Learning analytics in massively multi-user virtual environments and courses.” (M.J.W. Lee, P.A. Kirschner and L. Kester) “Recent interest in online assessment of scientific inquiry has led to several new online systems that attempt to assess these skills, but producing models that detect when students are successfully practising these skills can be […]

Collaborative learning across physical and virtual worlds: Factors supporting and constraining learners in a blended reality environment.

This article (“Collaborative learning“)  presents the outcomes of a pilot study investigating factors that supported and constrained collaborative learning in a blended reality environment. Bower, M., Lee, M. J. W., & Dalgarno, B. (2016). Collaborative learning across physical and virtual worlds: Factors supporting and constraining learners in a blended reality environment. British Journal of Educational Technology. […]

Are College Lectures Unfair?

In the New York Times article (9/12/15), “Are College Lectures Unfair?,” Annie Murphy Paul explores the question of inherent bias in lectures. A study on flipped classrooms conducted in part by UMass Amherst Professor David Gross is mentioned.

The Great Adaptive Learning Experiment

“Higher education is in the midst of a kind of Renaissance.” In this Campus Technology article, John Waters explores the differences between “adaptive learning,”  “personalization” and “personalized learning.” The article explores the impact of Gates Foundation funding in this area with discussion of early pilots at Arizona State, Rio Salado College, and publisher collaborations.