Are you using StudyForge to it’s full capacity? It’s amazing how often we hear from teachers, ‘I didn’t know it could tell me that! That’s awesome!’
Well we are going to start a short series highlighting some of the great reports available for online teachers and campus teachers in StudyForge.
The first of the features we want to highlight is the Course Progress reports for a user.
Did you know that you could log in, and with a few clicks see this:
This is a student user report, for our student Demi Stration (read her name out loud).
From this, I can tell how Demi is interacting with her course! I can see what percentage of the videos she’s watched (the top bar) and what percentage of practice problems she’s attempted (the bottom bar).
But watch this, I can drill down even farther by clicking on the bar:
And now I can see how this relates to the chapters in the course. So in Chapter 1: Quadratic Functions, Demi watched 88.7% of the videos (again, the top green bar) and attempted over 75% of the practice problems (the bottom bar). In the practice problems bar it tells me how many she marked as answered correctly, denoted in green, how many she marked as unsure, denoted in yellow and how many she marked as wrong, denoted in red.
To me, as an online teacher, this report changed my world! If Demi came to me for help with a concept on Skype, I’d be able to click through to her reports to get a feeling of her effort level as she interacted with her learning for this course in StudyForge. If she came to me with questions from the Rationals chapter, I might say to her, “Demi, you haven’t even watched the videos or attempted any practice here. I’d love to help you, but you need to put in the effort as well. Take a look at the videos, try some practice, and then come back and see me tomorrow.” Or I could use a meeting as an opportunity to ask her why she struggled with some of the questions that she indicated that she didn’t understand, or wasn’t sure if she understood. This page tells me a lot quickly.
You’d be amazed at the reactions of some students. “You can tell that!” And then I’d share my screen and show them.
You can even drill down a level deeper and see which lessons had more or less effort put in. For example, here was a student:
who we can see only watched a third of the videos in a lesson. This student reported having difficulty on an assignment question that was pretty much identical to one in video 3! Again, knowing how engaged the student was in their learning really helped shape the conversation the way the conversation went with the student. These are some of the kinds of interactions we want to empower teachers to have better conversations in.
I acquaint this to the teacher looking over their shoulder in the classroom. While those of you who are using the resource in a flipped classroom manner can do a quick “shoulder-check”, we don’t have the ability to do that in an online world. So, we’ve designed StudyForge to gather this information so that you can see it with a few clicks!
If you want more information on the current Teacher Reporting tools, click into the StudyForge tutorial course, Chapter 3: Student Reports, is all about the resources available to you NOW as a teacher using StudyForge.
Campus teachers, stay tuned for our next post, where we are going to show how you can use the “view as a group” option on this same reporting page, to compare student effort across a given chapter or lesson.