Case Studies

Tougaloo College

One of the main challenges faced by instructors of online biology classes is the lack of student engagement. Since they do not get to perform hands-on experiments or science related activities, many get easily bored or overwhelmed with scientific terminology.

One of Dr. Arias main teaching goals is to increase student engagement in face to face and online classes. For the past two years, Dr. Arias has tried to improve the design and content of her online classes to make them more appealing to students without success until the implementation of Junction Education.  She was awarded a 2016 OLC Digital Learning Faculty-led Innovation Award for her work.

Disclosure: no compensation was offered or paid by Junction Education for appearance in this video.

School

Tougaloo College

Subject

Biology

Date

Summer, 2016
 

Mercy College School of Business

 

School

Mercy College

Subject

Finance

Date

Spring Semester, 2015
The School of Business at Mercy College uses Junction in their Honors program. In this short video, you'll hear perspectives on using Junction from the Dean of the Business School as well as a number of students. 
Disclosure: no compensation was offered or paid for appearance in this video. Dean Weis and his students offered to share their perspectives and all of us at Junction thank them for their participation.

Montclair State University

Situation

The music department had launched a new computer lab with large-screen iMac’s and all kinds of connected audio equipment

Solution

Partnered with the department chair to build an immersive music appreciation lesson that could be delivered in a live lab setting with out of class access on touchscreen tablets or computers

Results

"This is sooo much better than Blackboard! It really helps me focus on learning” “I can find everything in one place, and it’s so easy to use.” —Students enrolled in the class

School

Montclair State University

Subject

Music

Date

Fall Semester, 2013

Bronx Community College

School

Bronx Community College

Subject

U.S. History

Date

Fall Semester, 2013

Situation

A professor wanted a better way to engage students and have a more meaningful in-class discussion. He also wanted to know what students thought of the variety of material he incorporated into his course.

Solution

Delivered a curated lesson incorporating all of the professor’s content as well as a lesson incorporating real-time news articles. In addition, an ungraded pulse check was included to help student assess their knowledge while they were engaged with the material.

Results

Not only was student response terrific, we were able to show the professor the engagement level students had with each of his lessons. We were able to identify the the low engagement activities, and immediately update the course material. "I'd love to have this NOW for all my classes this term” —Students enrolled in the class

Montgomery College

Situation

The chemistry department had recently procured a classroom set of iPads and wanted instructors to use the tablets to engage students.

Solution

We worked with the professor to build a real-time data-entry and reporting facility into his application so that students in a live class session could log lab observations from another iPad app into the platform and see the graphed results from the class as they were entered.

Results

It was a great teaching tool -- the students really liked the activity, and the professor felt they learned a lot, too. Particularly, the professor loved the ability to have the spreadsheet open while the activity was going on and see the students enter data real-time - pooling everyone's data was fantastic and really helped people's understanding of the concepts.

School

Montgomery College

Subject

Chemistry

Date

Fall Semester, 2013

Bradley University

School

Bradley University

Subject

Business

Date

Spring Semester, 2013

Situation

A professor wanted to incorporate more in-class discussion into his course, and needed to get students better engaged with their course material before class.

Solution

Collaboratively designed the course based on the professors existing material and course structure, with specific attention to curating the materials, presenting them through a single interface (eliminating downloads and links), and simplifying the experience for students.

Results

Nearly 80% of students would choose a course session using Junction over one using their existing technology. "It was easy to do part of the work on my laptop and part on a tablet without having to re-download anything.” "Thanks for letting us try this, it was a step up from a user perspective from our LMS and I would prefer it with other courses if given a choice.” —Students enrolled in the class

Reynolds Community College

Situation

A professor was delivering a course using a wide range of open materials (without a textbook). While this reduced costs for students, he struggled to deliver material to students in an organized, curated fashion, often resulting in students not reviewing the content or spending too much time navigating the course.

Solution

We jointly designed the lesson with a focus on delivering 'bit-size’ units of content with specific instructions, sequence and context for students. The goal was to provide a map for students to follow, and deliver the material in ~20 minute blocks to better align to busy students schedules.

Results

Over 70% of students rated their experience as Excellent, with each student in the course spending on average over 90 minutes per week engaging with course material. “I loved that it provided us with a variety of sources to experience the material. I found the videos, pictures, articles and documents to be both very helpful and entertaining.” “It held my attention versus reading. I would love to see this in more online classes, it makes it so much easier to understand the material and to remember it as well.” —Students enrolled in the class

School

Renyolds Community College

Subject

History

Date

Spring Semester, 2014

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