It’s that time of year when we take a look back on 2021 and realise just what a journey it has been throughout the past 12 months.
As we wrap up another year of the pandemic, it is clear that the higher education we knew will not return. Such change is believed to open the opportunity for real educational transformation: achieving the “higher education we deserve”.
The “higher education we deserve”, according to university leaders, refers to an environment where students are the knowledge owners, instructors become the facilitators, while faculties remain agile and flexible to any changes need. Most importantly, pedagogical technology is seen as a key driver behind positive educational shifts.
The ultimate aim is an institution with a technology-enabled, sustainable business model that has redefined ‘the campus’, operates efficiently, and anticipates and addresses major new risks.
At FeedbackFruits, we believe in the role of technology in supporting educators achieving the “higher education we deserve”. That’s why we’ve been working harder than ever throughout 2021 to upgrade our innovative solutions and scale up their impact. And did our efforts pay off?
To answer that, let us walk you through FeedbackFruits’ journey in 2021: How it started and where we are now, what we worked on, and what we achieved…
Over the past 12 months, we witnessed an incredible growth in our active users and learning activities created:
FeedbackFruits Tool Suite has reached 77 institutions around the world, with 26 in the Netherlands, 13 in Europe, 13 in Australia, and 26 in the US, where it was adopted to create more than 2 million courses (online, hybrid or hyflex).
Over the past years, we’ve been collaborating closely with faculties worldwide in innovating the learning experience of thousands of students. This year, we could see the fruits of this continuous hard work as FeedbackFruits entered long-term partnerships with several renowned institutions from all corners of the world: from Central Michigan University and Texas Tech University in the US, Monash University and Queensland University of Technology in Australia, to EDHEC Business School and HEC Paris in Europe.
This year has been extremely fruitful for us, as our collaboration with partner institutions under the Edtech Dotank resulted in the launch of 2 new tools.
Together with IE Business School, we developed and co-created the Team Based Learning tool: helping you improve student engagement in two stages of team-based learning activities (iRAT and tRAT), and saving instructors time and headaches while setting up.
Creating and formulating in-class quizzes is easy; however, it is much more challenging in an online context. That’s why FeedbackFruits collaborated with MITx to develop the Quiz tool, helping teachers optimize the online testing experience.
Other than introducing Team-Based Learning and Quiz, our team also put lots of effort into upgrading our current solutions with new functionalities to help instructors optimize their course design. For example, with our Comprehension tool, it is now possible to make use of videos, audio, and image files in the same way as documents.
Read more on our tool updates.
We kickstarted the year with our 2nd webinar with Microsoft, which discussed how instructors can leverage FeedbackFruits Tool Suite to elevate course design within Microsoft Teams.
FeedbackFruits’ first virtual event, inspirED 2021, brought together the true innovators within higher education to discuss and exchange their research and best practices to cultivate scalable, sustainable education. Our hope is that this experience sparks inspiration and motivation for educators everywhere in the transition towards the “new normal” after COVID-19.
These recognitions have been a tremendous motivation for us to reflect on our journey and remain focused on accelerating the active learning movement even further!
If one thing has been clear, it’s that the FeedbackFruits team couldn’t have gone this far without the support and trust of many educators, who remained fearless, level-headed, and inspirational throughout this changing time.
We want to send our deepest gratitude to all the people working in higher education, whose efforts have been relentless in sustaining an effective learning environment for everybody.
We wish you all a relaxing, safe holiday season and New Year, and we’ll see you again in 2022 with refreshed readiness to strive for the “higher education we deserve”!
From the FeedbackFruits team with love!
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