Instant Feedback Loops, Online Educa Berlin 2012 (OEB)


It is hard to give lectures to large groups of students in a way which caters for every level of student. The Nobel Price Winner Carl Weiman (Science, 13 May 2011) documents that less than 10% of the content is remembered just 15 minutes after the lesson, and that interactive teaching methods double learning in large undergraduate physics classes. This provides evidence that traditional teaching methods fail to provide high learning outcomes to students, and as a consequence, lectures should be downplayed in favour of interactive teaching.

OEB 2012 is the largest international e-learning event for the corporate, education and public services sectors with over 2000 delegates from 100 countires. HiST will be holding a presentation at OEB 2012 on how online response technologies may enhance students learning outcome and improve their motivation. This includes the connection to students learning from their peers, and the emerging Peer Learning Assessment Services (PeLe) that are constructed and validated in the ongoing KA3-ICT Done-IT project.

Students answer multiple-choice questions and may use their handheld devices to provide instant feedback to the teacher or instructor. Afterwards they receive immediate verification or elaborative feedback from their teacher or instructur - based up on the submitted results from the assignments, exercises, tests, or exams. In some cases the teacher or instructor may invite the students to take part in a second chance voting. Thus, students participate in an instant fedback loop which improves their learning skills and deepen their competences.

Teachers may already use immediate feedback from students by using online response technology which is connected to students' handheld devices like smartphones, tablets or PCs. Use of online Student Response Systems (SRS) increase in-class communication and collaboration, while Peer Learning Assessment Systems (PeLe) provide new evaluation and assessment criteria during a lecture, a lab session, an assignment, a test or an exam, and serve as a direct input to the teacher's pedagogical practice. Teachers may use this instant information flow at any time to focus their educational resources towards the problematic areas, where many students struggled or failed, and where the need for learning is high.

When: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 14:15 - 16:00 in session CML79 at OEB

Where to attend: Hotel InterContinental, Budapester Str. 2, 10787 Berlin

SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.