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February 2, 2024

New Feedback Reflection Activity

Teachfloor is thrilled to introduce the latest enhancement to our course curriculum: the Feedback Reflection tool. This innovative addition is part of our commitment to foster a more engaging and interactive learning environment, encouraging deep reflection and constructive peer interaction.

What is Feedback Reflection?

Feedback Reflection is a cutting-edge assessment tool that instructors can seamlessly integrate into their courses. It represents the final, crucial phase of a three-step peer learning activity.

The process begins with students submitting their work, which can vary in format from text to audio or video files.

Following this, the Peer Review phase ensues, wherein students evaluate the submissions of their peers based on criteria set by the instructor.

The process culminates in the Feedback Reflection stage, where students have the opportunity to ponder over the feedback they've received, thereby closing the loop of the peer learning process.

Customizable Feedback Rubric

Feedback Reflection

To enhance the effectiveness of this tool, instructors have the flexibility to create a custom feedback rubric. Teachfloor provides two default questions to kickstart this process: an open-ended question, "What did you learn from the feedback you received?" and a text scale question, "Evaluate the overall helpfulness of the feedback". This structure prompts students to introspect deeply and internalize the feedback, transforming it into a personal learning experience.

Process for Participants

The process is intuitive and enriching. After completing the peer review, students proceed to the Feedback Reflection phase. Here, they engage with the feedback they've received, using the instructor's rubric as a guide. This reflection is crucial for students to understand different perspectives and learn from their peers. Instructors can then access and review these reflections through the assessment page, providing them with valuable insights into the learning dynamics of their class.

Benefits of Feedback Reflection

  • Enhanced Learning: By reflecting on peer feedback, students develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
  • Improved Critical Thinking: Engaging in this reflective process fosters critical analysis and self-awareness.
  • Better Alignment with Learning Goals: The tool helps students align their learning process with the course's objectives and outcomes.

Significance Supported by Research

Feedback Reflection's impact on learning is underlined by educational research emphasizing the importance of reflection in the learning process. Studies indicate that reflection on feedback is key to converting peer insights into personal knowledge, thereby enhancing the learning experience.

Conclusion:

The introduction of the Feedback Reflection tool on Teachfloor marks a significant step towards enriching the peer learning experience. We are excited to see how instructors and students leverage this tool to deepen their understanding and enhance the educational journey.

We look forward to your valuable feedback on this new feature and are eager to witness its innovative applications in your courses.

January 22, 2024

Dark Mode

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dark Mode to Teachfloor, a feature designed to offer our users an alternative visual option for their learning interface. This update is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance user experience and provide options that cater to diverse preferences.

About Dark Mode:

Dark Mode is an interface setting that changes the bright, light background to darker colors. This feature is intended to offer a visually less intense viewing mode, which may be preferable to some users, especially in low-light conditions.

How to Enable Dark Mode:

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To use Dark Mode on Teachfloor, follow these simple steps:

  1. Log in to your Teachfloor account.
  2. Access the dropdown menu in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Select the “Dark Mode” option to switch.

The interface will immediately switch to Dark Mode, altering the color scheme to darker tones.

Advantages of Dark Mode:

  • Reduced Brightness: Dark Mode offers a less bright interface, which might be easier on the eyes for some users, particularly in dim environments.
  • Focus and Clarity: The darker theme can help reduce screen glare, potentially improving focus on course content.
  • Battery Efficiency: For devices with OLED or AMOLED screens, Dark Mode may contribute to better battery efficiency.
  • Visual Preference: Dark Mode provides an alternative visual style for users who prefer darker color schemes.

Feedback and Continuous Improvement:

As always, user feedback is vital in guiding our improvements and updates. We encourage you to try Dark Mode and share your experience with us. Your input helps us to refine and enhance the Teachfloor platform.

The introduction of Dark Mode reflects our commitment to responsive and adaptive platform development. We hope this new feature provides a comfortable and efficient learning experience for those who choose to use it.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and feedback on this new feature through email or our in-app chat support.

Thank you for being a part of the Teachfloor community.

January 16, 2024

In-App File Viewer in Submission Activities

Teachfloor is excited to unveil the 'In-App File Viewer' functionality, a new feature designed to enhance the user experience for submission activities such as Peer Review and Instructor Review.

With this latest update, students and instructors can now view submitted files directly within the Teachfloor platform, streamlining the review and evaluation process.

Direct In-Platform File Viewing:

The In-App File Viewer feature supports various file types, including Audio, Spreadsheet CSV, Video, PDF, and Images.

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Audio

This means that there’s no longer a need to download and open files on your computer, saving time and maintaining focus on the task at hand.

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PDF

Enhanced User Experience:

This new functionality not only simplifies the process but also significantly improves the overall user experience on Teachfloor. With files readily accessible, reviewing and providing feedback on student submissions becomes more efficient for both peers and instructors.

Benefits of In-App File Viewer:

  • Convenience: Immediate file access within the platform for quick reviews.
  • Efficiency: Saves time by eliminating the steps to download and open files externally.
  • Security: Keeps all files within the secure Teachfloor environment.

:We believe the In-App File Viewer feature will greatly improve the way instructors and peers interact with submitted work. This update is part of our commitment to continuously enhance the Teachfloor platform and provide a seamless and integrated learning experience.

We welcome your feedback on this new feature and look forward to seeing how it positively impacts your teaching and learning activities on Teachfloor.

Happy teaching and learning!

January 12, 2024

Introducing Self Review: A New Tool in Teachfloor’s Course Curriculum

Teachfloor is excited to announce the launch of a new assessment tool within our course curriculum - the Self Review feature.

This innovative functionality is designed to enhance the learning process by empowering students to evaluate their own work. Self-assessment has been found to be incredibly beneficial for student learning, as supported by extensive research.

What is Self Review?

Self Review is an assessment tool that instructors can incorporate into their course curriculum. It allows students to engage in self-evaluation, fostering a deeper understanding and awareness of their own work. This tool can function independently or be linked with a submission, providing flexibility and adaptability to different teaching methodologies.

Customizable Feedback Rubric:

Self Review

Instructors have the option to tailor the self-assessment process. They can edit the feedback rubric to include various types of questions such as open-ended, numeric rating, or text scale. This customization enables instructors to align the self-assessment with specific course objectives and learning outcomes.

Process for Participants:

The process is straightforward yet impactful. Students submit their work and then, instead of evaluating their peers' submissions, they engage in self-assessment of their own work. This process is facilitated through the feedback rubric created by the instructor. Instructors can then view all the self-reviews submitted by students in the assessment page.

Benefits of Self Review:

  • Enhanced Understanding: Students gain a deeper comprehension of the subject matter through self-evaluation.
  • Critical Evaluation Skills: Engaging in self-assessment helps students develop the ability to critically analyze their own work.
  • Alignment with Grading Criteria: Students become more attuned to the grading criteria used by instructors, aiding in their overall academic development.

Scientific Research Supporting Self Review:

The significance of this feature is further underscored by the research of Philip M. Sadler and Eddie Good in "The Impact of Self-and Peer-Grading on Student Learning." This study highlights how self and peer grading positively impacts student learning outcomes, enhances critical thinking, and promotes a more active and engaged learning approach.

Conclusion:

The introduction of the Self Review feature on Teachfloor is a step towards more interactive and self-driven learning experiences. We encourage instructors and students alike to utilize this tool to maximize the learning potential and achieve a more comprehensive understanding of course materials.

We eagerly await your feedback on this new feature and look forward to seeing the innovative ways it will be used in your courses.

January 4, 2024

Peer Review 2.0

We are excited to announce the release of Peer Review 2.0 on Teachfloor, a significant update that enhances the functionality and flexibility of peer review activities within our courses.

What's New in Peer Review 2.0?

  • Separate Activity Element: Unlike the previous version where Submission and Peer Review were combined, Peer Review is now an independent element. This separation offers trainers greater flexibility in structuring course activities.
  • Connectivity with Other Activities: Peer Review can be linked not only with a Submission Activity but will soon also integrate with a Feedback Reflection activity (coming soon). This allows for diverse activity flows like Submission + Peer Review + Feedback Reflection, or just Submission + Peer Review.
  • Improved Allocation Algorithm: A new allocation algorithm ensures that every student who submits work is guaranteed at least one peer review. This feature enhances fairness and engagement in the peer review process.

Enhancing the Learning Experience:

Peer Review 2.0 allows students to critically evaluate their peers' work using a customizable feedback rubric. Trainers can tailor these rubrics to meet the specific needs and objectives of their course, making the peer review process more relevant and impactful.

Benefits of Updated Peer Review:

  • Flexibility in Course Design: Trainers have more control over the structure and flow of course activities.
  • Enhanced Student Engagement: Ensuring every submission is reviewed fosters a more inclusive and interactive learning environment.
  • Customized Feedback: The ability to create tailored feedback rubrics aligns evaluations more closely with course goals.

This update is part of our ongoing commitment to providing a dynamic and efficient learning platform. We believe Peer Review 2.0 will significantly improve the peer assessment process, making it more streamlined, fair, and beneficial for both students and trainers.

We’re eager to hear your feedback on Peer Review 2.0 and see the innovative ways you integrate it into your courses.

Happy teaching and learning!

December 28, 2023

Datcamp Integration

We’re excited to announce that Teachfloor now offers an integration with Datacamp, a leading platform for learning and assessing coding and data science skills. This new functionality allows instructors to incorporate Datacamp’s comprehensive assessments and external lessons directly into their Teachfloor courses

Seamless Learning and Assessment

By creating a Datacamp activity within your course, you can provide students with a direct pathway to engaging, high-quality Datacamp content. Once a student completes the activity on Datacamp, their progress and results are automatically synchronized with Teachfloor’s gradebook and progress tracking. This ensures a cohesive learning experience and eliminates the need for manual grade entry.

Why Integrate Datacamp?

  • Quality Content: Datacamp is renowned for its interactive learning modules in coding and data science.
  • Interactive Learning: Students can engage with quizzes and coding tests that complement their Teachfloor course material.
  • Unified Progress Tracking: All student progress on Datacamp activities is tracked within Teachfloor's comprehensive gradebook system.

This integration is currently available exclusively to our enterprise account holders. We believe it will add significant value to your educational offerings by making your courses more interactive and providing a seamless blend of Teachfloor and Datacamp experiences.

Get Started with Datacamp on Teachfloor

If you’re interested in leveraging Datacamp within your Teachfloor courses, please contact us for more information on enabling this for your enterprise account.

December 20, 2023

Slack Community Integration

We're pleased to announce the rollout of a new feature to enhance your Teachfloor experience: Slack Community Integration.

While Teachfloor already offers robust community features with channels and live chat, we recognize that many of our users have existing communities on Slack. To support those users, we've now made it possible to link directly to a Slack community from the Teachfloor dashboard.

Seamless Slack Access for Teachfloor Users:

This integration allows administrators to provide a direct link to their Slack community from the Teachfloor platform. It's an ideal solution for those who wish to continue leveraging their established Slack channels alongside Teachfloor's native community tools.

Simple Setup Process:

Integrating your Slack community with Teachfloor couldn't be easier:

  1. Go to 'Settings' > 'Integration' > 'Slack' within Teachfloor.
  2. Enter your Slack community link.
  3. Choose to display a custom name or the default 'Slack' brand name.

Dual Community Advantage:

  • Flexibility: Continue using Teachfloor’s built-in community features while also providing access to Slack for broader discussions.
  • Familiarity: For students and instructors already active on Slack, this integration provides a touch of familiarity and continuity.
  • Convenience: A direct link from Teachfloor to Slack streamlines navigation, saving time and simplifying communication.

Conclusion:

Our new Slack Community Integration reflects Teachfloor's dedication to creating an inclusive, versatile, and connected learning ecosystem. By providing a bridge to Slack communities, we aim to enrich the online education experience for both students and instructors who are accustomed to Slack's environment.

We’re excited for you to integrate and streamline your communication on Teachfloor.

November 7, 2023

Submission and Peer Review Activity

In the world of online education, the power of peer review is indisputable. It promotes critical thinking, encourages diverse perspectives, and nurtures the art of constructive feedback—all vital aspects of effective learning. At Teachfloor, we've long recognized this, and today, we're thrilled to introduce an expansion of our peer learning activities.

Teachfloor a Peer Review LMS

We start with Submission & Peer Discussion, a feature deeply integrated into Teachfloor's peer review offerings. Within this environment, learners engage in chat-style peer reviews—an open, organic, and dynamic exchange of thoughts, observations, and insights on their peers' work. It's all about promoting free-flowing dialogues and nurturing rich idea exchange without the confines of a rubric.

In addition, we introduce today the new Submission & Peer Review. This feature brings structure to peer evaluation—a valuable asset when precise assessment and feedback alignment are paramount. Instructors can define specific questions and criteria, ensuring feedback accurately aligns with the course objectives.

Choice and Flexibility

With both Submission & Peer Discussion and Submission & Peer Review within your reach, you have the flexibility to choose the approach that best suits your course's distinct needs. Whether it's the spontaneity of discussion-based learning or the precision of structured assessment, Teachfloor provides you with the tools to create tailored and impactful learning experiences.

A Closer Look at How it Functions

The Submission & Peer Review activity seamlessly integrates into the Teachfloor platform, offering a structured approach to peer learning:

Submission Activity: Learners commence by submitting their work, which may encompass written responses or file uploads (including video, audio, or PDFs).

Peer Review: Once submissions are complete, the peer review process begins. Learners are tasked with evaluating the work of their peers. This evaluation serves a dual purpose—providing learners with the opportunity to assess others' contributions while refining their own understanding through constructive assessment.

Feedback Rubric: Instructors can tailor the peer review process by setting specific questions for reviewers to answer. These questions may range from open-ended queries to numeric ratings, text scales, yes/no responses, or informational sections. This flexibility ensures that feedback aligns precisely with the course's objectives.

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Reflection: Following the peer review phase, learners engage in a reflection step. This post-review contemplation is instrumental for self-assessment and growth, enhancing the overall learning journey.

Peer Review Activity


Empowering Educators, Enriching Learning

At Teachfloor, our commitment to empowering educators and developing dynamic, interactive learning environments is unwavering. The introduction of Submission & Peer Review to our suite of peer review tools reflects our dedication to offering versatile and impactful resources for online education.

We invite you to explore these features and leverage their potential to elevate the learning journey for both instructors and students. Teachfloor remains your trusted partner in the pursuit of enriched, engaging, and effective education.