#EDENChat: Supporting and engaging online students through automatized formative feedback

The next #EDENChat will take place on 9 May 2018, at 20:00 CEST and will be hosted by Miguel Santamaría Lancho & Ángeles Sánchez-Elvira Paniagua from UNED, Spain.

Student engagement is a key factor, especially in distance education. Engaged students are intrinsically motivated, facing their studies in a more positive way; they self-regulate their learning better, persevere when facing difficulties, do not procrastinate, experience less stress and academic burnout and feel better prepared for exams. Therefore, engaging students should be a priority to foster student success and retention. In this sense, a good feedback (a key element of formative assessment) is recognized as a necessary and motivating tool in the process of learning progression and self-monitoring in autonomous learning modalities.

In massive online learning environments, a sustainable formative feedback can be only achieved by the use of technologies. In this #EDENchat, different tools for supporting students through formative assessment will be presented. These tools have been developed by members of UNED SALT (Smart and Adaptive Learning and Teaching) Group of Innovation. On the one hand, UNEDTrivial, a MOODLE activity plug-in based on the potential of testing effect and Spaced Education to improve learning. This tool provides flexible, mobile and gamified learning opportunities based on quizzes that student receives daily through automatized delivery. On the other hand, GRubric, a tool based on Latent-Semantic-Analysis (LSA). G-Rubric has proved to be able to provide fast and precise numeric assessment of free-text short answers (75-800 words), as well as an enriched, personalised qualitative feedback that allows students to improve their answers through a series of successive trials. G-Rubric can be a powerful writing-to-learn tool.

In this #EDENchat we will have the opportunity to explain UNED experience in this domain, also inviting colleagues to share other useful technological-mediated tools for formative feedback in digital learning environments.

To know more in advance about UNEDTrivial and G-Rubric :

UNEDTrivial: https://moodle.org/plugins/mod_unedtrivial

G-Rubric: http://www.elsemantico.es/gallito20/index-eng.html

Please join us using the hashtag #EDENChat!

In case you wish to read previous #EDENChats, they can be accessed here.

#EDENChat is an online discussion event on Twitter initiated by the Steering Committee of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP). It is mediated by members of the NAP community and runs for approximately 1 hour. Anyone can join in and contribute to the discussion which is presented in a Question and Answer format.