Students don’t know what they don’t know. This one simple fact has often hindered the development of flipped and active learning classrooms. However, the development of adaptive learning platforms, such as LearnSmart, provides instructors with an insight as to what students don’t know and areas of the content that they are struggling with – all before entering the classroom environment.
In the video below, I explain how I have been using data coming from the SmartBook/LearnSmart platform to determine what my students know and don’t know before entering the class. This has not only changed the classroom lecture experience, but also has led to the development of more effective active learning and remediation activities.
In later posts, I will explore how this information has helped me design a topics-based course for teaching non-majors biology students.
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