TeachBack
TeachBack

An in-class web application that provides a platform for agile teaching and learning in the classroom. It facilitates tools for teacher/student communication, interactions, assessment, analytics and pedagogical awareness.

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Designed to facilitate Computer-Supported Agile Pedagogy!

Agility In Pedagogy: in the classroom an instructor can use formative assessment, students’ feedback and forum discussions to assess learning and issues, and then appropriately cater optimal instructional activities to the learning objectives and observed needs of the students.


Intuitive Design

Intuitive Design

TeachBack has user accounts and semester courses just as in Moodle, Latte or Blackboard. The application layout is roughly: User > Courses enrolled in > Class Meetings > Activities > Interactive Tool - (TeachBack has a selection of interactive tools).

Affective & Cognitive Feedback

Affective & Cognitive Feedback

Allows students to monitor, manage and report on their affective and cognitive states in the classroom. The instructor’s Feedback view shows a pie-chart and timeline plots of the aggregate feedback data.

Forum

Supervised Forum

A supervised back-channel discussion forum where students can post questions and other topics and have them answered by other students, TAs and the instructor. Especially great for large, interactive, and international/diverse classes.

Questions

Questions

A clicker functionality for formative assessment activities in the classroom - can also be used for summative assessment in homework, quizzes and exams.

GroupWork

GroupWork

Like Questions but for group-based collaborative/cooperative (Think/Pair/Share) formative assessment.

Statistics & Aanalytics

Statistics & Analytics

Stats pages at the course, class-meeting and activity levels - with aggregate data for students’ participation, detailed attendance and performance in all the tools.

Notes

Student Notes

Students can take personal notes during activies. Notes are aggregated and manageable at the Class Meeting and Course levels.

Peer Grading

Peer Grading in Assessments

Coming soon to the Questions and GroupWork tools. Students will be able to grade peers' answers in a way that engages and rewards students, creates and trains better answers, and crowd-sources grading.

Student Rewards Badges

Student Reward Badges

Coming soon to TeachBack. The system will reward points to students for participation, engagement and performance in activities, especially in the upcoming peer-grading addons to Questions and GroupWork.


TeachBack was developed as part of the doctoral dissertation titled Computer-Supported Agile Teaching (CSAT).

In the four years of this doctoral work, we designed and developed the TeachBack web-based application to support the CSAT methodology. This process involved continuous engagement with teachers and students, inside and outside of the classroom, as we refined our pedagogy ideas and the corresponding TeachBack features. Through the use of TeachBack and various experimental studies we evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed CSAT methodology.

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Milestones - Since Fall 2014!

Users

1941

Courses

66

Class Meetings

423

Class Activities

469

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are hoping that these questions and answers will help you understand the styles and usage ideas on successiful deployment of TeachBack in your classroom

What is TeachBack?

An in-class web application that provides a platform for interactive, active and dynamic teaching and learning in the classroom. It facilitates tools for teacher/student communication, interactions, assessment, analytics and pedagogical awareness.

How does it work?

Users have accounts, teachers create courses which have unique enrollment codes for other teaching staff and students to enroll for a semester. Class Meetings can have one or more learning or teaching Activities. In general, during a class meeting, students, TAs and their teacher login to the website from their personal computers. The application manages their learning goals, progress, feedback, discussion forums, diagnostic assessments, learning/teaching analytics, note-taking, etc.
For now you can access TeachBack using your web browser on your smartphone, tablet or personal computer.

How does TeachBack compare to other educational products?

TeachBack offers a set of interactive, communication, assessment and analytics tools that enable the implementation of active, interactive and adaptive pedagogy in the classroom. Along with this wide range of functionality, TeachBack advocates a new teaching style, Computer-Supported Agile Teaching (CSAT), with emphasis on transparency, inspection and adaptation of the classroom personnel, methods and resources in discovering optimal outcomes.

Which educational levels, courses and subjects are TeachBack suited for?

Up to TeachBack v2.5 we will be focused on the supporting the college/university classroom, we plan for expansion in the future and this will be communicated appropriately. TeachBack can be used in several different styles to meet the needs of an instructor, activities in the classroom, and subject type. It is, however, more useful for hands-on (active learning), interactive and medium to large (15+) class sizes.

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How much does it cost?

TeachBack started a bi-product of a PhD dissertation work. After the completion of the dissertation work and the demonstrated demand and positive educational impact of the software, we are currently working on improving, marketing and commercializing TeachBack. For now TeachBack is free for the academic calendar year of 2017, later in the year we will be testing paid plans for new users. We will also have discounted plans for early adopters.


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