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Run the course

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It's go time! Students enroll. They create accounts on the course website, or accounts are created for them. Students read lessons, submit exercises, and do other learning tasks. Let's talk about things that help courses run smoothly.

Skilling works especially well for flipped or online skill courses.

What do instructors do in courses like this?

  • Give students one-on-one help as needed.
  • Run think-pair-share and other social exercises, if applicable.
  • Help motivate students by, for example, showing their enthusiasm for the discipline.
  • Monitor student progress. Contact students who are falling behind.
  • Get to know students individually.

Students need to do lots of hands-on work to learn skills.

Learning research recommends many low-stakes hands-on exercises, with individual formative feedback.

Doing what the research recommends is quite difficult. It requires manual grading of up to 2,000 submissions per semester, for a 40-50 student section.

Skilling's feedback system makes it feasible to implement these research guidelines.

The feedback system has a special interface for assessing student work. The interface makes rubric item responses clickable.

Students often fall behind, especially in online courses. Skilling helps.

Course goals, a sequence of experiences, well-written material, lots of hands-on exercises, individual formative feedback... By the end of a Skilling course, students will know how to do stuff.

Oh, and you can prove it. Skilling keeps all of the student submissions, and feedback results.