Advances in technology occur so regularly that it’s hard for most of us to keep up. It’s even harder to keep up when you’re a busy academic with looming deadlines and multiple demands to juggle. While academics want the absolute best for their students, it’s often difficult to find the time to learn about a new tool to enhance student outcomes despite good intentions. This means that although we know that novelty increases student engagement and learning, unfortunately many ideas based on using new technology are placed in the “sure, that sounds great in theory, but I just don’t have the time!” basket. This is all in the context of an ongoing need to provide formative and summative feedback to students to direct their learning. The concept of using GoSoapBox to tailor teaching methods, meet the learning needs of students, address their fears, and adapt teaching practices as the semester continues is explored. Importantly, this tool can also be used to provide formative feedback on a weekly basis in live time, with the results informing teaching that is tailored to the individual needs of the class. Students report a sense of relief when they see that they have, indeed, learnt something in class, and that they’re not alone in their anxiety about mastering difficult content. Learn how a simple tool, such as GoSoapBox, can be used to enhance teaching practices and provide both students and academics with valuable information to get the most out of a course. And I promise it’s easy to use!
2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016
2016 Learning & Teaching Week Program Book / pp.16