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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
105 Natural Resources
220 Trowbridge Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Faculty Knowledge Essentials, Pedagogy: How people learn

Instructional Technology Brown Bag Seminar

At this week’s Explorations in Instructional Technologies brown bag seminar Melani Cooper, College of Natural Science, will discuss “beSocratic: A Formative Assessment System.”

beSocratic, is a web-based formative assessment system that can recognize and respond to free-form student input in the form of representations including graphs, simple diagrams, chemical structures. Using beSocratic Instructors can construct tasks that require students to construct models, explanations and arguments. It consists of three components: an interface on which students can draw, and write, an authoring tool for development of activities, and a set of analysis tools that allow researchers to mine student response data. 


beSocratic activities have been incorporated into the large enrollment general chemistry classes at MSU, and have been used in a range of other courses including biology, physics and mathematics.  During the session, Melani will demonstrate examples of tasks, and provide suggestions for classroom usage, and discuss how the data analysis can be used.


This session will be of particular interest to anyone who is would like to incorporate an innovative formative assessment tool in their course, whether it is a face-to-face course, a blended course, or an on-line course.  It will also be of interest to anyone who is developing a blended or on-line course.

Everyone is invited to attend.