Sunday, July 21, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Digital coaching is needed for the DTA: Do we have the technology for that?


Digital coaching is needed for the DTA:  
Do we have the technology for that?   

Preliminary analysis of the functions of a digital coach in a MUVE and consideration of how some of those functions could be provided by a digital coach using current technology.  Future articles will cover more functions and more details.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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Improve study practices

  • Improve study skills, time management, organization of work, motivation.
  • There is plenty of instruction available on such topics. 
  • The role of Digicoach would be to use these for active guidance at the right time.
  • Digicoach would detect the right time from student questions.
  • Or the teacher might tell Digicoach to give specific guidance.
  • Ideally, Digicoach would recognize what is needed from its data, but that may not be  possible yet.

Time management

  • Digicoach advantages: calendars, student progress, records of typical performance.
  • Digicoach can give advice such as:
  • "Successful students in this course spend about 2 hours a week on the homework.
  • That would be .5 hours a day assuming a 6 day week. 
  • I am marking that schedule on your school calendar.  You can rearrange the schedule as needed"
  • Digcoach can monitor homework progress and revise projections as needed.
  • Frequent messages would be annoying, so digicoach would use a silent progress graph unless the student is falling behind.
  • Digicoach can detect time management problems and alert the teacher
  • Digicoach knows the value of distributed practice, so would advise in favor of that.

Motivation

  • Digicoach gives the student a weekly progress report comparing with successful students.
  • Several learning MUVEs may be available for the same unit: digicoach offers choices.
  • The DTA can asses learning style and offer the MUVE best suited to the student.
  • For group study, Digicoach forms groups with common or complementary interests.
  • Complementary: Students learning Spanish meet with students learning English .
  • Remember, on the internet everyone is 20 seconds away.
  • Digicoach may be able to offer MUVEs with game-baser learning. 
  • Lack of motivation would appear as poor progress.  Digicoach would alert the teacher on that.

Organization of work

  • In the digital campus model, the DTA handles all the courses for the student.
  • In time management support, Digicoach provides a calendar with the class schedule. 
  • Digicoach keeps the student's portfolio, with all class products (in-work and done).
  • Digicoach gives the student periodic reports on the status of each product in-work.
  • Class related work is organized in separate folders for each class.  
  • Completed work would probably be organized by subject.
  • Digicoach does the organization so students are more likely to accept it.

Study Skills 

  • Study skills (Wikipedia)
  • Study skills (search)
  • 8 USEFUL STUDYING STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS THAT DON'T ENJOY STUDYING
  • Suggestions are abundant.  The problem here is Overchoice.
  • The JIT model calls for only the suggestions likely to be useful at that time.
  • Development of a JIT guidance capability requires input from experienced coaches.
  • The DTA can monitor student performance and so detect problems.
  • In the Digital Campus model, the DTA monitors student performance in all classes.
  • The DTA can distinguish between low performance in one course and low performance overall.
  • The DTA can recognize time-management problems because it records study time.
  • The DTA will also note activity during online homework and factor that in as effort.
  • In any case, the DTA notifies teacher and counselor, proposing action if it can.
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