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Collaborative Learning – The new charm of student’s community

 

Collaborative Learning – The new charm of student’s community

Feburary 15, 2017

By Gurpreet Singh Sachdeva

In the recent era, many Edtech companies have launched their education products but not many of them are focusing about how education can be inculcated faster with collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Collaborative learning has become very important in contemporary education. It enables students to explore and discover new cognitive dimensions by inducing critical thinking through discussions and notes sharing. It also shapes up their social interaction skills, promoting student-professor and student-student interactions. The more students interact, the better they can follow a team approach to problem-solving, yet maintaining individual accountability to create new content.

Students need more and more access to multi-dimensional solutions for their problems. Hence, it is important to have a threaded discussion where many subject matter experts around that course, lecture or a topic can share their ideas. This would increase student’s depth, retention, and a quest for knowledge.

Universities and colleges in India are certainly open and want to adopt this in the modern education but they do not have a pertinent platform for that. And therefore students are pulled more towards Quora and Stack Overflow where they are lost and sometimes distracted from the relevant problem.

Impartus 3.0 release in its entirely new user experience has introduced this platform in the contemporary model of teaching. This has enabled students to post a query related to a topic, course or a lecture thereby initiating the discussion. The question gets automatically tagged with the topics and is notified to subject matter experts who could post the answer or a comment to further explore the intent of the question.  Students can also manually add or edit topics to make it more relevant and consumable.

Both professors and students can follow topics. They can post their own questions, respond to other posted questions and upvote already posted answers. By these activities, students earn points and can become star students. Besides topics, students can follow other star students and professor and can get notifications on their posted content.

Another critical feature in this release is to provide a free knowledge vault called “Backpack” to each and every student and professor where one can store course-related contents (Notes, Lecture clips, additional videos and documents)  that can be accessed anytime anywhere.

Impartus is strongly committed to constantly providing students better ways to collaborate and share knowledge using the best of technology for the better education in future.

Help Your Students Ace Their Finals

 

Help Your Students Ace Their Finals

December 3, 2015

 

As we head into December, the specter of final exams weighs heavily on the minds of most university students. This is the moment of truth that they’ve been anticipating, and sometimes dreading, for months – the time when they will be measured on what they’ve been able to learn and retain during the course of the term.

Most students will devote as much time and effort as they can muster to review and study for their exams. But what if they never captured the correct information while they were in class? If the key messages and ideas of the classroom lecture aren’t contained within their notes, there is slim hope that more studying will improve their performance on exams. The right kind of supplementary information to learn more about these topics will be difficult to find. In a sense, the game might seem rigged against less-advanced students.

These students who fall between the cracks are a chief point of pain for professors who toil away through the term. It’s frustrating for dedicated educators who have tried their best to impart their knowledge to their students only to find that much of it was not absorbed, at a point in the term where it’s too late to do anything about it. Poor exam scores reflect poorly upon the educators, as well as the students.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Video can make educational content more compelling and memorable for students throughout the term, and has proven to be enormously effective in helping students prepare for final exams. In fact, in a recent study by Northern Ireland’s Queen’s University Belfast, 96 percent of students surveyed cited exam preparation as a motivation for reviewing videos of classroom lectures. In another study conducted at University College London, student viewing of videos peaked right before exams, with an average of 10,000 views per week, and a third study cited up to a 15% improvement rate in exam pass rates.
You can help your students ace their finals this term by utilizing video-based technology. Here are a few practical tips for utilizing the Impartus platform to help your students prepare for their final exams:

  • Share your notes. Professors often include notes on the board during the lecture, but they are not always legible or visible on the video for review after class. The Impartus platform enables you to save your own notes and share them with the class in a more accessible format, which also saves valuable time in class for other activities.
  • Include attachments. In addition to capturing the classroom lecture, Impartus provides the ability to share links to external content, including relevant articles and other information that can serve as a useful supplement to the lecture. This feature helps to encourage active learning.
  • Use video bookmarks. Students rarely review the entire lecture, but instead replay sections that are causing difficulty, or that they believe contain key points for review. Impartus allows you to bookmark specific video segments for future reference, so that students will know which ones to review.

 

Tips for Creating a Compelling Video

 

Tips for Creating a Compelling Video

November 15, 2015

 

In today’s media saturated world, teachers face more challenges than ever in trying to capture and retain the attention of their students. In their efforts to convey important information, they may find themselves competing not only with distractions in the classroom environment, but also with the constant presence of connected devices and shortened attention spans of a generation reared on YouTube.

Rather than perpetually fighting the tide, tech-savvy instructors are learning to embrace new forms of media in order to enhance and improve upon traditional modes of classroom teaching. As an example, some professors are starting to incorporate video into their classroom discussions in order to improve student engagement. Worthwhile content can be found on YouTube and other online sources and easily integrated into a PowerPoint presentation to create a more dynamic and engaging lecture.

In schools where video equipment is installed, it’s also very easy for instructors to make their own videos and post them for use in or out of the classroom. Here are a few simple tips for ensuring that your videos are compelling to your target audience:

1. Let go of your stage fright.
Remember that it’s not really about you – you are playing a role. Don’t worry about the camera, just deliver your content in the best way possible, as you would if you were teaching one on one.

2. Come through loud and clear.
Make sure that the microphone is on and the sound is working properly. It may seem basic, but problems with the sound will ruin the viewing experience and in many cases, can be easily corrected at the time of recording. Record a short test video, play it back, and make sure that you can hear your words clearly. Also, if you’re recording a lecture and a student or participant asks a question, be sure to repeat it. This helps with comprehension generally and ensures that future consumers of the video don’t experience unexpected gaps in audio coverage.

3. Get right to the point.
Recent research shows that in 2015, the average attention span has shrunk to 8.25 seconds, down from 12 seconds in 2000. Show and tell your students in the first 5-10 seconds exactly why they should keep watching the video and what they will derive from it. In terms of retention, 3 short videos are better than one long one, so keep your video short and focused for optimal impact.

4. Make it visual.
Research data indicates that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and images are processed 60,000 times faster by the brain than text. Whether embedded into a PowerPoint slide or animated like a video, images appeal to the viewer on an emotional level, and help to convey the importance of the message.  Whether you are standing in front of a whiteboard drawing a diagram or using images pulled from the Web, images will help to make your content memorable.

5. Ham it up a little.
It’s okay to be entertaining, even if your real mission is to inform and educate. Infuse some energy and personality into your video and don’t be afraid to take some risks, if you think it will help to get your point across. Delivering the information is just half the battle – in order for learning to be effective, students also have to remember what they were taught. Incorporating video into the classroom makes for a more dynamic and engaging learning experience, and has been proven to help students retain information by up to 60%

Video can be a fantastic tool for the classroom and can also help to capture lectures for students to review after class.

‒ Sandeep Aji, Co-Founder and Head of Global Business Development, Impartus