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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Study Smart: Generation of Study Plans for Individual Students

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Students want to learn better and instructors want to see better performance, but often it is unclear what specific topics students need to focus on. Study Smart is a system that analytically matches fine-grained learning goals with multiple course activities, and then recommends a study plan to students, based on their performance on different learning goals. In addition, the tool should also help instructors and designers improve the course by providing analytic information about students’ mastery of specific learning goals.

In this session, Bill Goffe, the instructor of ECON 104, and Tsan-Kuang Lee, the architect of Study Smart, will share their experience in developing Study Smart and applying it in this challenging GenEd course that introduces students to macroeconomics. Thousands of Penn State students take this course every year. The scale of the course (section sizes are 300-plus) makes it challenging to provide help with students’ individual needs. Study Smart is designed to address this problem.

The presenters will talk about how they structured the learning goals for the course and how they tied the learning goals (approximately fifty) to course activities: clicker questions, quizzes, homework assignments, pre-lecture readings, and exams. There are about 300 observations per student across these activities. Also detailed is how they collected and loaded the data into the system, students’ reactions to the system, and what they learned from this pilot. Finally, they will describe how you can use similar methods to improve your course.


Saturday March 21, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 108

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