Remote Learning Tips for Educators

Modified on by Andrew Cohen

Believe it or not, strong remote student management practices can actually help your students learn even more effectively than they do in a physical classroom. But it’s important to make sure you have the right tools.

Brainscape would like to highlight certain free features of our own web & mobile study app that may be helpful in furthering your students’ learning progress:

1. Making flashcards for students

Brainscape’s web & mobile flashcards can be the perfect complement or replacement of the typical study guides or lecture slides you may be posting online.

If you haven’t already, start by creating your Class: Simply click the “+” on the My Classes list on the main dashboard, and name it (e.g. Biology 101). Then you can start creating individual Decks (e.g. Lesson 1) as needed. You (or your T.A.) can easily invite other students to your class once you are ready for them to study or collaborate.(See tips for creating great flashcards.)

2. Having students make flashcards

If you instead prefer to create a more collaborative editing environment, you can easily delegate “Edit” permissions to students or your TA. Just click the Learners tab in your class, and choose which class members you’d like to appoint as Editors.

Many educators even prefer to delegate editing assignments one lesson at-a-time, where one or more students are assigned to a single deck of flashcards representing that lesson or chapter.  (Learn more.)Either way, by the end of the semester, you’ll have a complete student-generated study guide ready for the final exam!

3. Enabling students’ critical thinking

Even if you had authored the initial flashcards yourself (without giving students Edit permissions), you can still encourage a deeper level of knowledge processing by training students to use the Edit button while studying.

Whenever a student without “Edit” access clicks the Edit pencil icon in the corner of a flashcard, Brainscape pops a short form asking the user to “suggest an edit”, which will send you an email each time the form is submitted. Students can use this both to suggest edits to your flashcards (e.g. to make them clearer) and/or to ask you questions about concepts they don’t fully understand.

This feature has been shown to create an even more constructive environment for one-on-one educator/student dialog than many live classroom environments.

4. Monitoring students’ study progress

To see how much each student has been studying, you can easily click the Learners tab and analyze to your heart’s content. Our stats reflect not only the number of flashcards that have been studied but also each student’s self-assessed % Mastery. You can even click a student to see his/her detailed Mastery of each Deck.  (Learn More.)

Many educators use this class-wide visibility to make studying in Brainscape a part of students’ Participation grade. Studying X flashcards every Y weeks may be required in order for a student to receive full credit for that particular Participation requirement.

If you have found any other creative ways to use Brainscape to facilitate remote instruction, please let us know, and we’d be happy to share it with other educators who are adjusting to this transition period.

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