Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Flipped class room (UKPSF V3 A1)

Today I went to a mini workshop on the flipped workshop. This was just maybe two hours long.
There was much discussion about whether the students would look at the videos before the
class started. The experience seemed that they would not. As this is a key part of  the method, it is a
real problem if they don't come prepared.

There is a flipped classroom app.  and see 

Martin uses a problem in the middle of his podcast to make sure the students are learning stuff. I talked to him afterwards and he told me they had not understood what he was doing. The solutions were at the end of the podcast.  He was not doing anything fancy with interactive HTML.

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MapleTA first thoughts (UKPSF K2 K4)

I have set the first coursework in MapleTA. The exercises were released on Sunday, by Monday, two students told me they were done (although they had a technical problem).

Two students have already had problems, because they inputed probabilities as percentages rather than numbers between 0 and 1. On the second try they seem to have scored better.

One issue with getting Maple to make their results is that it is hard to give them method marks. On the other hand the computer marks them, so they can see any errors immediately. I am hopefully careful not to print out the solutions, as this would give them a big help.

The deadline is November 20th, so they have a long time to submit.