The University of Colorado Boulder participated in an electronic-textbook (e-text) pilot during the fall semester of 2012. The pilot, co-sponsored by Internet2 and EDUCAUSE, examined how nine sections of eight courses with 729 students used McGraw-Hill e-texts. This was done so that the University could better understand the support and pedagogical issues that might be involved with adopting e-texts in the future.
In the spring semester, we observed students and faculty members using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to facilitate teaching and learning. We found that GAFE provides affordances for sharing artifacts among faculty and students, encouraging conversations at a distance, and providing tools for course management. Instructors and students voiced a desire for tools that encourage participation, sharing, and collaborative knowledge building.
This is a study being conducted during the 2011 fall semester.
This study seeks to answer the question, will guiding students in, and then asking students to, fill-out partially-completed lecture notes result in improved understanding of key concepts of thermodynamics? Secondarily, this study seeks to understand the facilitating role a learning management system (Desire2Learn) and a media capture system (Echo360) might play in disseminating class notes, concept tutorials, and tracking student progress in using class notes.