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In a recent podcast for Academic Minute, Professor Arnold Glass of Rutgers University offered us an update on something we know, but with a digital twist. Here’s the part we all know: copying answers to complete your homework, even for an online quiz or assignment, doesn't help student performance on quizzes and exams given in class.
The digital twist: the advent of digital copying of answers to online quizzes/homework has actually made the problem worse: "The percent of students who did not benefit from correctly answering homework questions increased from 14% in 2008 to 55% in 2017." Glass describes the effect of using digital search tools to complete online homework as "insidious," suggesting that students have no idea that completing these tasks using digital search "have no idea that in achieving higher homework scores they are sacrificing equally good scores on exams.”
Read on, Macduff…
It was a simple video, done seven-and-a-half years ago. A few of my supply chain students were struggling with the calculations associated with Economic Order Quantity. After a few attempts to explain, I decided to offload the concept and calculations from class by way of a video posted to Youtube. I don’t know if it worked for my students back then, but just last week … more than seven years dated, a student I don’t know, never taught in a lass, and likely will never meet “got it.” He saw this long-ago video, and the concept clicked.
I don’t know why this event resonated with me so strongly. I don’t do videos for attention, I do them for my classes. And the technology back then is light years removed from the videos I do today. Yet simple though it was, a learner found this video on the web and digitally joined a class I taught nearly eight years ago. In a dusty node of the web, a student built some new and useful knowledge … connected, as it were, with a concept he needed to accomplish his task.
I know the use of web-based video in education isn’t new, or even fresh. CoVid swept us all out of the classroom, leading us to explore and develop new technologies to help our learners connect with a whole new world of online learning. Whether housed on a Learning Management System or on our own websites, we began to use the web to house materials and content to help our students reach beyond the walls of the classroom as they pursued knowledge.
And, I guess, this time it worked for at least one student.
One last thing. If the supply chain mess has you thirsting to understand EOQ calculations, well, here ya' go: https://youtu.be/cibB2pR3sMk.