The Digital Teaching Assistant fits
the practice of blended learning
A digital teaching assistant could be part of blended learning.
- Videos present what the teacher would teach in lectures.
- A lecture is ephemeral; a video of the lecture is reusable.
- Teacher time is freed to help students who have problems.
- Videos can be evaluated to choose those that are most effective.
- Students having difficulty on a topic can watch other videos on the same topic.
- Students can review a video if they missed something the first time.
- Videos can fit in the typical attention span.
- Students can miss a class without missing a lecture.
- Answers to Your Blended Learning Questions
- Blended learning (Wikipedia)
- What is missing from a video lecture? (After the break)
- A Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in MUVE (virtual world): What would it do?
- The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) for MUVES (virtual worlds): Summary
The Digital Teaching Assistant can augment video lectures
What is missing from a video lecture?
- In the olden days, we augmented the lecture lecture with questions.
- The questions could be answered by students who understood the preceding lecture.
- So the questions gave each student a self-test on the lecture content.
- And caused the students to think about particular aspects of the content.
- Videos can close with thought questions, but cannot call on someone to answer.
- The DTA can provide a lecture and follow it with questions.
- Not just thought questions, but questions calling for an answer.
- And the DTA can give immediate feedback on the answer.
- If the teacher prepares the feedback well, the answer can suggest remedial action:
- "Watch the video again and pay special attention to the part at 3.5 to 4.8 minutes."
The DTA can offer alternative lectures on the same topic
- A student having problems with a topic can only review the presentation.
- A different presentation might be more effective for that student.
- The DTA can offer options if the teacher has provided them.
- Some lectures may use illustrations drawn from particular areas of interest.
- Baseball, flying, cooking, fashion, business--students might choose a lecture about things of most interest to them.
The DTA can answer FAQ if the teacher provides the answers
- FAQ=Frequently Asked Questions. Experienced teachers know them.
- Experienced teachers have answered them many times.
- The DTA can give the teacher's answers without using the teacher's time.
- Here, the FAQ page can be on the flat web. Easy to prepare, easy to change.
- With key terms and search on page, students can find the answers fast.
- DTA content pages: The plan: Initial DTA content on the web here. Can be used from here or copied for use elsewhere
- Note that the answers need not give the information sought--they may tell how to find that information.
- Helping students find their own answers may be good for The Overly Dependent Student.
- A Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in a MUVE (virtual world): What would it do?
- A digital teaching assistant (DTA) in a virtual world. Can it be done?
- Digital coaching is needed for the DTA: Do we have the technology for that?
- Online education, sure. But why a virtual campus? Why in a virtual world (MUVE)?
Possible services, education
- F/Xual Education Services: Occupational Medicine Simulation. A HUD is a Digicoach without personality
- Error based learning in writing. Combine project-based learning with test-based learning. And maybe get a useful product out of it.
- Digicoach can support collaborative homework and study sessions
- Digicoach can support homework in virtual worlds with JIT learning, immediate feedback
- Digicoach for project-management in self-managed teams: (Note: skills to be learned in doing these tasks)
- David Lee - Design Thinking in the Classroom: How-to for project-based learning
Possible services, virtual worlds
- Travel tips for the Hypergrid. A DTA content page
- Newcomer welcome coach (1): Basic skills needed promptly
- DTA content pages: The plan: Initial DTA content on the web here. Can be used from here or copied for use elsewhere.
- Firestorm settings for beginners. A DTA content page
New century education
- Once you hear lecture about swimming, you never forget what you learned about lectures. Talking is not teaching
- Just-In-Time (JIT) learning in virtual schools, maybe with DTA coaching. Language as an example
- Why a reading assignment is like a treasure hunt. And why it is not
- Suppose the real objective in school is to pass multiple-choice tests. Can a digital TA handle test-based learning?
- Immersive Technologies (Heritage Christian Online School)
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