Learning App Pilots

Learn about current learning app pilots you can use in your courses

What are Pilots?

Pilots are explorations of new technologies for possible in-class use. The goal is not only to help students reach their learning potential, but to contribute to the larger Cornell community by evaluating new technologies to support a culture of innovation.

What faculty can expect?

Pilots are short-term, close collaborations among faculty, students, the Center for Teaching Innovation, and the technology developers. This collaboration helps gather information about the usability of specific tools, not only for a specific course, but for the broader Cornell community. Throughout the pilot we welcome the feedback from you and your students, and we will provide technical and pedagogical support should you need it.

CTI Pilot support includes:

  • help with designing activities based on the best practices for using the selected learning app
  • acting as a partner between the instructor and the vendor helping to explore how the tool addresses the pedagogical need
  • while CTI will provide support to ensure the success of the pilot, the vendor will be primarily responsible for responding to technical issues

What students can expect?

It is helpful for the instructor to inform students that the tool is part of a pilot program and ask for feedback. Students should report any issues they may encounter with using the app within the course to the instructor.


Current Pilots

FeedbackFruits

FeedbackFruits helps faculty create engaging courses and stimulating active learning through a suite of tools. FeedbackFruits has been integrated with Canvas and can be used to build graded and non-graded activities in Canvas Assignments and Modules respectively. Graded activities sync with Canvas Gradebook.

The tools participating in the pilot:

  • PeerReview: this tool allows students to submit individual or group work; provide individual or group feedback, guided by a scoring rubric or sliding scale criteria; perform self-assessments; and reflect on feedback provided by their peers
  • Group Member Evaluation: this tool provides a platform for students to evaluate their team members’ contributions to a group project
  • Interactive Video and Interactive Audio: these tools allow instructors to add quizzes and discussions to video and audio content, and allow students to freely annotate video/audio recordings to create discussion threads

Pedagogical Basis: Why use peer reviews?

Peer assessment, or review, can improve overall learning by helping students become better readers, writers, and collaborators. A well-designed peer review program develops lifelong skills in assessing and providing feedback to others, reflecting on the feedback and improving one’s own work.

Pilot End Date: June 6, 2021

Availability of the Learning App after the pilot period

Together with participating faculty and students, CTI will evaluate the application at the end of the pilot for potential wider release to instructors.

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Hypothesis

A social annotation tool, Hypothesis enables sentence-level note taking or critique on top of classroom readings, news, blogs, scientific articles, books, and other documents. Hypothesis has been integrated with Canvas and can be used to build graded and non-graded activities in Canvas Assignments and Modules respectively. Graded activities sync with Canvas Gradebook.

Pedagogical Basis: Why use social annotation? 

With web annotation tools, learners can annotate online texts, discuss and interact with each other, and connect the texts with their prior knowledge for deeper understanding.

Reference

Zhu, X., Chen, B., Avadhanam, R., Shui, H., & Zhang, R. (2020, May 9). Reading and Connecting: Using Social Annotation in Online Classes.

Pilot End Date: December 31, 2020

Availability of the Learning App after the pilot period

Cornell now has a license for Hypothesis and it is available to faculty and students.

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