Faculty Consultant for English
Faculty Consultant for Psychology
Department: Behavioral Sciences
School: Northwest Missouri State University (MO)
How do you use LearningCurve? I utilize LearningCurve as the online component of my General Psychology curriculum. Students are required to complete the LearningCurve activities that are related to the chapter we covered during that week. They are assigned the activities in lieu of Friday class time. When they have completed an activity to competency, they receive 5 points. Thus, they are rewarded for completing the activity with the 5 points possible, not with a letter or percentage grade. The data I have collected supports the value of this approach in the average exam scores correlated with percentage of LearningCurve activities completed.
Advice on using technology with students: I'm not much on advice, but my experience is that, generally, my students have come to appreciate the value of this type of learning in combination with in-class teaching. I would encourage you to solicit constant feedback from the students about their experience in order to be able to adapt and improve the approach.