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Easy Collaborative Learning with the SmashFact

Britt Carr (Britt Carr Interactive Learning, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 11:15am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Blended Program/Degree
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Multiple Levels
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Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Discovery Session 2

Learn how students can collaboratively build a robust and engaging study app the whole class can use.

Extended Abstract

It's often said that students learn better by teaching others. A faculty member's time is often split between service work, research, writing, advising AND teaching. With these responsibilities, there is typically little time left for enhancing one's course to make it engaging. This session introduces SmashFact, and describes a method for involving students in the development of an interactive learning app that will enhance learning for a course's current and future students.

SmashFact.com is an easy-to-use web site that allows faculty members to create custom learning apps featuring text, audio and images that can be played by students on their mobile devices and desktop computers.

In this session, we describe a collaborative learning activity whereby students develop study questions that can be deployed via the SmashFact app, and together produce a robust and engaging learning activity. Each student spends just a few minutes creating a handful of multiple-choice questions designed to stump their peers. Student's questions are submitted via a Google Docs form into an easy-to-use format. The result is an app that builds itself in time for students to study for midterms and/or final exams. In addition, the apps content can be shared within an institution, and modified for remedial learning. Content can be shared externally to be used by other teachers within the same discipline.

This session will focus on: introducing strategies to align students collaboration with course curriculum; describing methods for including audio and video in a study activity; and explaining the process of tracking students' progress.