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Queen's University

Problem

Calculus is one of toughest and largest first year University course. An innovative professors at Queen's University makes this journey easier for the students by delivering lectures through youtube videos. While the youtube videos helped, there was no way for Queen's to assess its impact.

Solution

With SharpScholar, the professor was able to not only get student insights but also add interactivity and engagement to enhance student experience.

Results

The results were:

   Interactive Pedagogically Driven Lessons - Concept Check Questions and Example Walkthroughs.

    Empowering Students - Students now can indicated which videos they had difficulty.

Concept Checks

Often when moving from a basic topic to a more advanced topic, its important to perform concept checks and assess whether the fundamentals were understood. The idea behind Concept Check Questions is to ask simple Multiple Choice or Short Answer questions that gauge whether the underlying principle is understood. For example when teaching the concept of implicit differentiation, a teacher will often first teach what implicit functions are. In order to test the students understanding of implicit functions teachers can ask simple yes/no questions.

By asking these question before start of a class, students’ concept retention is checked as well the students and reassess whether they are ready for this lesson or not.

A common teaching method is the use of examples to help students think through the application of a concept. With SharpScholar you can teach with simple examples that help students grasp the key idea or with complex and long examples that help students understand the process.

Simple Examples

In Calculus there are some basic applications of techniques which are best taught by example. For instance, we can teach the technique of integral substitution through a simple example. However instead of simply providing the students with the answers, with SharpScholar you can ask simple Multiple Choice question to force the students to think about the problem on their own.

After the student the answered the question, the video can provide the solution thus reinforcing the concepts for the student.

Complex Examples

But what if the examples are not simple and require many steps to solve? This where SharpScholar can really shine. You can now break down complex examples into steps and get the students to think about each step and answer intermediary questions. An example of this would be a complex Calculus word problem. There are many steps to such a problem and to help students understand the process, you can simply ask timely questions as you walk through the example.