#ET4Online – Teacher Tank

Session Information

The Sharks:
Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA)
Bonnie Stewart (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada)
George Siemens (Athabasca University, Canada)

The Panelists:
Chris Walsh (Zaption, USA)
Chad Jardine (GoReact, USA)
Derek Wessler (Junction Education, USA)
Shaunak Roy (Yellow Dig, USA)
Michael Atkisson (DropThought, USA)
  • Junction Education – Offers a curated content delivery service.  A course home page, lesson page, student analytics. Faculty have the ability to tweak content. Concerns with duplicating functionality with the lms.
  • Zaption – Offers a way to interact with video. Turns video into active learning experiences. Interactive videos lessons for blends, flipped, and online learning.  The platform, find, add, share and track views.  Interactions include quizzes and notices. Tracking responses and download the stats with actionable analytics. There is a free version with $90 per instructor per year license for the full version.
  • Yellow Dig – Is a social learning platform.  It offers a system to create posts and allow comments from students.
  • Goreact – Online video assessment solution for student presentations and for instructor feedback.  Comments are discussion threads and are time stamped.
  • DropThought – Provides opportunity for students to provide formative feedback.  To be used for instructional continuous improvement.  Students provide feedback through dropthought which is then viewed by instructors.

Overall, many comments from the sharks on concerns about replicating technologies and tools that are replicated in existing LMSs. Clarity is needed for faculty and educators on what the product serves to offer as a solution. Where the rubber meets the road and at the end of the day, how will this new X improve my teaching and my students’ learning.


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