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How to add FeedbackFruits tools in Microsoft Teams

Impatient to add FeedbackFruits' tools in Microsoft Teams? Discover by yourself how simple it is by following the guide in this article.

FeedbackFruits tools in Microsoft Teams: webinar takeaway

You missed FeedbackFruits webinar with Microsoft Teams? Do not worry: you can easily find the main takeaways and discover the integration in this article.

4 main steps to take for a good HyFlex model implementation

Discover how the HyFlex model is one of the best strategies for Universities to improve online learning and create engaging course design during Fall 2020.

Student engagement and retention in higher education

The best way to retain students for your university is boosting lectures and courses engagement: read here some ways to boost engagement in your institution.

eBook: How to design an online university course

Creating an online university course can be challenging, especially if it is the first time. Fear not: our ebook will give you all the tips and tricks, together with a checklist, to build your online course step-by-step!

What do university students think about their online learning experience during COVID-19?

Moving online during COVID-19 has not been easy for universities. How did students react to this change, both educationally and economically wise?

Best practices of online teaching that will improve your online course design this Fall

Online education can be tricky to implement. In this blog, we elaborate on the best practices on how to create an impeccable online course for fall 2020.

Best practices for creating rubrics and writing instructions for students

Rubrics are a fundamental part of creating an online course, and both instructors and students benefit from them. It is crutial to know how to build one, and what criteria should that rubric include according to the topic at hand.

What we learned about the power of peer learning in Business Schools

Explore the highlights from our latest webinar The Power of Peer Learning in Business Schools with speakers from the Wharton School of Business!

Why Group Member Evaluation is important for Business Schools

The Group Member Evaluation tool from FeedbackFruits aids business school students to acquire critical skills that can be used in the workplace. This is achieved through active learning and course design.

Australian Inspiration Day 2020: All about teamwork

Our first Australian Inspiration Day together with Deakin University and Griffith University was also the first one in the midst of a global pandemic. Here are our key takeaways from the webinar on June 5th.

Data Silence: How AI is learning discrimination and what FeedbackFruits is doing about it

Artifical intelligence, seen as the future of online learning, could inadvertently lead to discrimination according to studies. In the light of recent Black Lives Matter movement, we discussed its causes and what measures FeedbackFruits takes against it.

What is active learning?

What is active learning and why is it fundamentally different from passive learning? Learn about this powerful pedagogical method that increases students' learning potentials.

What is course design and why it can make the difference between learning and yawning in class?

Course design is a fascinating but sometimes complex concept. Learn why well-crafted, and innovative, course design is best for students’ learning and the mistakes to avoid at all costs.

How is FeedbackFruits adapting to the COVID-19 crisis?

Richard Machielse, CTO of FeedbackFruits gives insights on the effects of the pandemic on EdTech and how FeedbackFruits is managing the changing needs of higher education institutions.

4 ways to assess student performance with FeedbackFruits

With the current COVID-19 situation, teachers will continue delivering their courses online for the following semesters. After uploading courses online and going through remote teaching for weeks, one question still remains in teachers' minds: how are we going to assess our students this semester?

How to create interactive videos for your online classroom?

Studies have shown that allowing students to interact with the course material, other students, or the teacher during an online activity positively affects their learning. Discover how Interactive Video can help in achieving this outcome.

Automated Feedback: early release in response to COVID-19

These times are challenging, but challenging times are a pressure cooker for innovation. This is why FeedbackFruits is releasing Automated Feedback on Writing earlier in response to COVID-19.

How to make your presentation interactive?

With the urgent need for distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of student participation and engagement in online classrooms has intensified. At FeedbackFruits, we believe that interactive study materials are key to keep the students connected to the subject throughout the course whether it is online or offline.

How to improve student engagement in online teaching during COVID-19?

Keeping students engaged during online learning is an issue that is yet to be solved. Teachers are required to rethink their existing course design to be able to engage and track students better in virtual environment.

Online Assessment: challenges and opportunities for distance education

After many higher education institutions shifted to distance education, online assessment has become a challenge for many teachers. While applying traditional assessment types online with tech is difficult, this situation is also an opportunity to try new assessment models.

Assignment Review: easy online assessment tool for teachers to assess students

Assignment Review enables university teachers to assess student assignments with their own rubric online.

The rise of online classes after COVID-19: best practices based on literature

The rushed transition to online teaching after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has left many question marks in teachers' minds. We discussed online courses and explained how teachers can improve them based on existing literature.

How to create a positive, effective feedback culture?

You can create a safe classroom for your students to give feedback to each other by following these 6 principles.

Interactive Document: get your students engaged with online study materials

Interactive Document helps teachers to engage with their students on their text-based study materials. Add discussions in your articles and let your students learn together.

Interactive Video: make distance education engaging

Interactive Video helps teachers to engage with their students through video materials. Add discussions or inline questions in your videos and track your students' interactions.

All FeedbackFruits pedagogical tools are available for free in response to COVID-19

FeedbackFruits makes all 8 pedagogical tools available for free to instructors in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

7 key principles for teachers who just started with online teaching

We listed 7 key takeaways from our partners' experience in creating online courses during COVID-19, which can help guide this process where both time and pedagogic integrity are important.

A day for inspiration

One of the ways we collaborate with universities is through our (bi)annual Inspiration Days. This day is dedicated to sharing ideas and knowledge within the EdTech DoTank.

5 things we learned this Inspiration Day

The FeedbackFruits Inspiration Day is all about sharing knowledge and ideas around expanding our tools’ functionality for future use cases.

Imagine a smartphone without apps

LMS adds substantial value for both teachers and students but using an LMS without plugins is like using a smartphone without apps.

Eliminating free-riding in group work

Students dread group work because they know that not every member contributes equally. Research shows that peer feedback encourages them to reflect deeply on their skills and contribution in a group setting.

Balancing formative and summative learning

Including an element of student-student learning in both formative and summative assessments ensures that the students and teachers together create knowledge that improve the world.

Organizing open-ended assessment at scale for enhanced online learning

This learning activity is designed to organise open-ended assessment at scale. The goal of the activity is to enhance learning through both the forming of knowledge and the assessing of student’s understanding.

Rubric, a teacher’s ultimate sidekick

Rubrics work well to ensure constructive feedback provided by students because they clarify expectations for both targets and quality with students.

Why anonymity can be a valuable element in peer-evaluation?

Because peer assessment is a fundamentally social and collaborative learning activity, learners’ interpersonal beliefs can negatively impact its outcomes. In order to overcome this issue, and to reduce bias, anonymity is necessary.

The impact of self and peer-grading on student learning

Relevant and helpful feedback on work is important to ensure a good learning experience for students. But instead of receiving it only from a teacher, relevant feedback could also be provided by peers.

Use Cases

Students develop teamwork and leadership qualities with Group Member Evaluation | Case of Griffith University

Feedback of experts and peers to enhance quality of work | Case of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

The Peer Review tool was used within Minor Data Engineering course. Various feedback moments were planned within the course, whereby students would receive feedback from both peers and the expert.

Streamlining the feedback and reflection process with Peer Review | Case of OsloMet

For this featured use-case, we will elaborate on how a professor at Oslo Metropolitan University has set up a combination of self-assessment and peer-review.

Enhanced peer feedback by letting students rate their reviewer | Case of Vrije Universiteit

This course, in the context of scientific research in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, aims to develop academic skills. The assumption was that organising peer feedback via FeedbackFruits would reduce the complexity, workload and improve the process overview.

Creating an environment in which students can continuously process feedback | Case of Maastricht University

Students in this Ecology course are independent 3rd year level students that work in small Problem Based Learning sessions. The instructor aims to normalize the feedback culture.

Open-ended discussion in a manufacturing course with FeedbackFruits | Case of MIT xPRO

Discover how MIT xPRO conducted an open-ended discussion in a manufacturing course with FeedbackFruit's Discussion. This tool has been co-created together with MIT following the Dotank process.

Activate and stimulate collaboration between coding students | Case of IE Business School

Discover how IE Business School used our Interactive Document tool to improve student’s knowledge and skills on the fundamentals of programming.

Developing academic reading skills with Comprehension | Case of OsloMet

Discover how OsloMet used the tool Comprehension to train teachers to academic reading. The tool helped students to engage and increased the preparation before class.

Optimising learners’ self-study with Interactive Video | Case of University of Amsterdam

Discover how the University of Amsterdam prepared students for upcoming topics with videos during a Spanish course. Interactive Video gives students a safe space to let their opinions about the material be heard.

Promoting student engagement with Interactive Presentation | Case of HULT International Business School

At HULT International Business School, the tool Interactive Presentation was used in BBA courses to provide international students with equal opportunities to contribute during presentations and ask/answer questions about the course content.

Improving discussion quality by grading students' best contribution | Case of Wageningen University & Research

Discover how Wageningen University & Research increased the quality of peer reviews and student participation, offered a safe learning environment, and delivered a scalable teaching method with Peer Review.

Enriching recorded lectures using Interactive Video ⎮Case of Leiden University Medical Center

Discover how Interactive Video helped Leiden University to engage with students to a greater extent, by creating a thriving environment for student discussions.

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