Instructional Innovation: Laura Francis

Lecturer, Biology

May 2016 Innovation Fellow

Fellow Project & Instructional Interests

My principal challenge that I brought into the Innovate@ Symposium was how to increase learning and engagement in a large lecture setting.  I have chosen to begin by integrating a learning tool called Perusall, which is an online platform that allows students to annotate readings (textbook or pdf) and asynchronously read and comment on others’ comments.  Perusall also provides data analytics, automatically grades the students’ comments and is easily integrated with the major learning management systems (including Moodle).