Sunday July 29, PM Workshps

W12: BeSocratic: A Formative Assessment System that can Recognize and Respond to Free-Form Student Input

Melanie M. Cooper, Clemson University
Sonia M. Underwood, Clemson University

This workshop will focus on the use of BeSocratic, a flexible new web-based system, that gives instructors the ability to elicit, capture, and respond to students free form responses to a wide range of questions and scenarios.  Specifically, participants will have the opportunity to explore BeSocratic’s unique features by creating activities using the system and designing specific feedback for the various types of questions.  Participants will be provided either an iPad or Tablet-PC for use during this workshop and will be provided with access to program for personal use.  BeSocratic is a web-based formative tutorial and assessment system for pc or iPad, that can recognize and respond contextually to student-generated graphs, simple diagrams and gestures. While instructional technology can be an important component of any course, the limitations of the interface often limit the types of questions and interactions that can be offered. However, there is emerging evidence that having students generate graphs and representations by hand is an important step in learning. We have developed the BeSocratic system to address this problem; 3-hour session.

Intended Audience: UG; PC platform

No fee; limit of 20 participants

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 007 LFS


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