Part 2: Fall 2015 Labs
In the Active Teaching Lab on November 13, 2015, Aurelie Rakotondrafara from Plant Pathology shared how she used CSCR to blend her lectures by punctuating the modules with no-stakes required quizzes so students can self-check that they’re learning what they’re supposed to.
- CSCR is one of many tools that can be used to present content. Think carefully about your goals are for your students when choosing a tool.
- Don’t jump into a new tool like CSCR right away. First, plan how you want to cover the content, THEN proceed to put the content into the tool.
- It will take time, especially when you’re just starting to use the tool.
- Start with one class or activity, test it, tweak it, then scale to others.
- Use AT staff for consults!
- You CAN edit a CSCR after it has been launched (provided you save the files, and not just the exported piece).
- You don’t have to commit to doing a full class in CSCR (or ANY tool!); you can do pieces at a time, as you feel is the best approach, and as you get comfortable with the tool.
- Use CSCR or another content-presentation tool to present basic content that you have to cover, and save live lectures and class time for the more exciting aspects and topics!
- You can direct students to online materials if they don’t understand concepts in the self-check. Very easy review!
- In CSCR, students can’t “save their place,” so think of ways to be modular (e.g. table of contents) so they wouldn’t have to go through a really long CSCR a second time to get back to where they are.
If you’re interested in learning more to get up and running with CSCR, watch the videos below and try stepping through the CSCR worksheet we created for the session! Also, check out these related Active Teaching Labs: CSCR for Case Scenarios and CSCR for Critical Readers
The Active Teaching Lab, a Faculty Engagement program, provides a safe space for structured explorations of cool teaching tools and techniques that your colleagues are using to engage students and teach more effectively. During the academic year, labs are held weekly and will be listed on the Active Teaching Lab page.
Aurelie’s CSCR Story