Build Equity In Your Campus Community
Using Multisensory Digital Tools
To support instructors, tutors and students by using multi-sensory tools to increase the success of the lower third in a class, and enabling all classmates to benefit from these strategies. To improve the instructor’s sensitivity about how they share their information with students.
How We Do It
To accomplish this we work as a team to introduce and train instructors, tutors, students, and learning communities on assistive technology tools.
- Using Smartpens to combine visual and audio lectures
- Enhancing e-textbooks with Text-to-Speech and embedded teacher notes
- Capturing lectures that can be converted into text and other languages
- Create an integrated learning community
- Improve the success of lower performing students
- Enable instructors to share their information in a format that can be adapted to different learning needs
- Improve instructor’s sensitivity about how they share their knowledge via a feedback loop using their digitized lectures and lower performing students
- Assist students and tutors to access and adapt to their needs, flexible, on-demand lectures
Makes learning fun
“The findings… indicate that students working with the Smartxt approach report that they are focusing significantly more on higher order thinking skills than the comparison group of all students who completed the CCSSE ( Community College Survey of Student Engagement ).”
“Over one-third of the respondents stated that they were able to understand vocabulary better and that they “interact with the text more” for this anthropology class than in other classes.”
“One student scored no lower than 80% on tests in pre-Algebra using the Smartpen strategies and participating in a student support group. He had received failing grades the times he took the course previously.”
“An instructor using a “modified flipped classroom” approach using Pencasts saw improvements in student note-taking and overall performance.”
“Contrasting a test that was given one semester without Pencasts with one given the next semester with Pencasts, the biggest difference was “a whopping 21%” increase in scores.”
Message from Director
In my own teaching of over 30 years I’ve come to see that all students want to learn. For a number of instructors this was a challenge I heard.
“Many of my students don’t care and I’m tired of it. They don’t come to class, they don’t get their work done. It’s not my job to handhold.”
What is our job? From my understanding, we are preparing students to be the educated, skilled workforce for our current and upcoming society. What are those skills? As much as we’d like to believe that our job is teaching Biology or French or Math or whatever, it’s not. Our deeper job is to teach critical thinking, collaboration skills, problem solving and study skills. With those skills intact most students can learn any subject. And, to add more fuel to the fire, we need to teach those skills using relevant platforms to our current population.
The beautiful part of this whole picture is, once the light bulb goes on for students, instructors are energized.
We are institutions for learning, as a community we have the skills to turn on the light bulbs, we just have to be committed to finding the switches, especially when they reside outside our comfort zones.
Director of Smartxt
Laney College Faculty (1990 – 2019)
Columbia University Graduate, MA
Cypress College Student
Berkeley City College Student
Laney College Student
Math Instructor, Laney College
Psyical Geography, Laney College
American River College
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