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A significant problem facing Multi-Access courses with a limited number of face-to-face and online seats, is accommodating students who want or need to move between modalities without imposing an onerous administrative burden on instructors. One possible solution is the Seat eXchanger mobile web app under development in the TIE Lab at the University of Victoria. The Seat eXchanger app allows students to reserve and exchange of “seats,” depending on availability, and move seamlessly between modalities. At the beginning of the semester students indicate their primary mode of participation in the course, and then as needed or desired during the semester, they can use the web app to reserve a “seat” in a different modality for a session. For example if a student whose primary modality is face-to-face, wants to attend via remote video, they use the web app to reserve a virtual seat, which frees up their face-to-face “seat” in for someone else to use. The project roadmap includes:
- Release of source code under an Open Source license to allow others to contribute code and documentation back to the project.
- Integration with Moodle for authentication and seamless access for students.
- Waitlist functionality for students to add themselves to a waitlist if no seats are available in their desired modality for a session.
During this session, we will briefly demonstrate typical use cases for the software from the administrator and user perspectives, and then engage participants in a discussion about future functionality, features, and opportunities to contribute to the project.