Course Integrated Instruction : October 2012 Archives

Interesting project:

IPAL is a free Moodle module (plug-in) that enables in-class polling.

The goal of the IPAL project is to increase student learning, critical thinking, and retention by increasing the use of in-class polling. Research has shown that greater student involvement and interaction supported by in-class polling increases student learning, especially in areas that involve critical thinking skills. In-class polling also enables the instructor to know how much students understand and if more or less time should be spent discussing a topic, thus using class time to better meet the needs of the students. When students' learning needs are addressed in real time AND the students are engaged in learning through interactive methodologies, in-course performance will improve."

The following features of IPAL will increase in-class polling:

  • Free and open-source.
  • Available as a module in Moodle.
  • Easy to use
  • Avoids buying clickers for students with smart phones, laptops, and other web-enabled devices.
  • Provides ready-to-use questions.
  • Polling response analysis may increase retention.
This will be an interesting experiment:

Sarah Rich (September 19, 2012). New School: A Tumblr for Making Your Own Textbooks. The Atlantic. Retrieved from on September 20, 2012.

"Currently, Scott explains, "professors that are really trying to push the edge and combine textbooks with technology are hacking together all these solutions. You see Wordpress blogs for course materials ... and then there's this problem: in order to teach the majority of college courses, you need copyrighted content and textbooks. There's no good way to merge all of the cool stuff, like Khan Academy, and all this other stuff together into one solution.""

"Ginkgo Tree presents an intuitive, visual interface, not unlike Tumblr's dashboard. For each course and subject, professors can upload links and images, embed video, post comments, and -- significantly -- import a chunk of scanned pages from print books. All of those resources get bundled into modules and arrayed in a navigable grid."

What is the role of libraries in helping faculty and instructors develop their own course materials? 

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