Prof. Garcia-Castañon shares her experience with iLearn
Prof. Garcia-Castañon has been using iLearn to enhance student learning in her PLSI 300 class: 'Scientific inquiry in Political Science'. She shared her experience at ETAC's February 2015 meeting.
Pros in using iLearn:
Easy access for students/faculty
- Pretty commonly used platform for students
Immediate access to files/resources with faculty control
- Can open/close assignments
- Can post files, hide files from students, store files on iLearn
Accessibility to customization
- Easy to construct your own modules
- Useful for organizing course content into related topics for students
Cons in using iLearn:
- Not all students have used iLearn in the same ways—some additional learning required
- File management/viewing (the eye icon) is manually controlled, so can’t open up or show items on a schedule. Have to actively manually monitor content.
Quizzes are limited or not naturally intuitive in construction
- Some solutions to this was to get creative in how questions are posed
- Utilize cloze questions with aid of iLearn support staff
Resources aren’t transparent to student
- iLearn questions come to Prof. first, rather than utilization of the chat or email services provided by iLearn
gradebook is temperamental and not intuitive; doesn’t come with a disclaimer about grades so many students assume it is their final grade (despite repeated assertions to the contrary)
- solutions from meeting included changes to the gradebook and updated usability
iLearn Quizzes Tips
Quizzes are useful tools!
Can use quizzes in selected and customizable ways (shown-settings for quizzes)
Quizzes can be opened for limited time frames, and pre-assigned to grade categories. They can be ‘unlimited’ in attempts, or record only highest attempts.
Quiz building requires question banks and construction of questions, but multiple types of question formats are included: short answer, essay, multiple choice, matching, etc.
Can also import questions in various formats, many available from publishers themselves.
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