Learners are telling us that they go to bed at night dreaming of the green check mark.
In fact, one of our learners who took the circuits course early last year,
he then went on to take a software course from Berkeley at the end of the year,
and this is what the learner had to say on our discussion board when he just started that course about the green check mark:
"Oh god; have I missed you." When's the last time you've seen students posting comments like this about homework?
My colleague Ed Bertschinger, who heads up the physics department at MIT, has this to say about instant feedback:
He indicated that instant feedback turns teaching moments into learning outcomes.
The next big idea is gamification. You know, all learners engage really well with interactive videos and so on.
You know, they would sit down and shoot alien spaceships all day long until they get it.
So we applied these gamification techniques to learning, and we can build these online laboratories.
How do you teach creativity? How do you teach design?
We can do this through online labs and use computing power to build these online labs.
So as this little video shows here, you can engage students much like they design with Legos.
So here, the learners are building a circuit with Lego-like ease. And this can also be graded by the computer.
Fifth is peer learning. So here, we use discussion forums and discussions and Facebook-like interaction
not as a distraction, but to really help students learn.