The tool was used in three courses related to management, leadership and IT, over the duration of one 14-week semester. A HyFlex (hybrid) course format was employed, letting students choose whether they wanted to physically attend lectures or join sessions remotely. Long-form online lectures comprised the vast majority of sessions in these three courses, and Interactive Presentation was used in every single class.
FeedbackFruits was used primarily to maintain tighter connections with students after the institution’s transition to online classes. More specifically, Interactive Presentation was used to encourage more student participation and engagement during lectures, as well as guide the learning process with question moments interspersed throughout the presentations.
In weekly sessions, all lectures were given using Interactive Presentation, and in each presentation the slides were interspersed with between 10 to 15 questions. These questions were either multiple choice or open ended and students received a percentage of the grade for attendance, and then a percentage of the grade for answering the question, and were not graded on correctness at first. Upon learning the students were just selecting any answer without reading the extensive text, the faculty member increased learning accountability by granting a percentage of the grade for attendance, percentage of the grade for answering the question, and then finally a percentage of the grade for the correct answer. Slides and questions were structured in a way which built up on Bloom levels: first identifying a principle, then elaborating on a skill, and finally exploring the applications. In this way, the complexity of questions at different points in the presentation and throughout the course reflected a deeper understanding of the learning material. After the presentation was completed, students were able to download the presentation to go over the content.
"FeedbackFruits helped me see how I could frame and deliver content more clearly." - Dr. Robert Murphy, Assistant Professor, Eastern Nazarene College
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