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For Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning 2011 w/ Amy Harris, Jenny Dale, & Vanessa Apple Feb 2011

For Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning 2011 w/ Amy Harris, Jenny Dale, & Vanessa Apple Feb 2011

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  • 1. Lighting the Path with Asynchronous Learning Tutorials
    Amy Harris Houk
    Beth Filar Williams
    Vanessa Apple
    Jenny Dale
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    University Libraries
  • 2. Synchronous Learning
    Pros
    Reach all students at one time, one location
    Read body language
    Intervene immediately
    Personal connection
    Familiar style of teaching
    Cons
    Everyone has to be there, same time, same place
    Need to have physical location arranged
    Not always convenient to students
    May be difficult to go at own pace
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/78124518@N00/1397737955/
  • 3. Asynchronous Learning
    Pros
    Cons
    Tech problems
    Can be expensive (tech) to build
    May need expertise to build
    No immediate feedback
    No direct intervention possible
    Sense of disconnect
    Relies on student motivation
    Reach more people
    Reach more variety of people
    Student centered - time/place of their choosing
    Users go at their own pace
    Easy to gather data
    Great for self-motivated learner
    Student control of learning
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/86657707@N00/2348649408/
  • 4. Background
    2000: Creation of First Steps tutorial
    2005: Update for usability and ADA compliance, name changed to FIRST: Finding It! A Research Skills Tutorial
    2009: Began discussing updating tutorial again
    2010: PATH goes live
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/409924867/
  • 5. What can we tell from the numbers?
    Total number of distinct visits: 30868
    • A lot of visits for one semester
    Percentage of users who logged in and completed all mini quizzes and the final quiz
    • 49%, or essentially 1 in 2 people
    Ratio of video views to transcript views
    • 10 to 1
    • 6. Needed for accessibility and technical difficulty
  • Quiz Saves versus Quiz Visits
  • 7. Technologies Used & Alternatives
    Code
    Database
    • ASP.NET (server side code)
    • 8. jQuery (client side code)
    • 9. Architecture on MS SQL Server
    • 10. T-SQL statements
    Alternate Options:
    Alternate Options:
    • PHP/Perl/Python
    • 11. MooTools, Javascript
    • 12. No code, just HTML
    • 13. MySQL
    • 14. MySQL SQL statements
    • 15. None hardcoded, not dynamic
  • Database Use
    Allows dynamic quizzes
    Allows tracking user progress
    Modules
    Questions
    Users
    Answers
  • 16. A Team Effort
    Students, faculty, and staff at UNCG all contributed to PATH’s development
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/1384952210/
  • 17. Future?
    • Printable certificate
    • 18. Collecting data when not logged in
    • 19. Shared question bank
    • 20. Create paths by discipline