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Stimulating Self-Study

Self-study is an important part in the learning process and for some courses this is even the most important part. However, often students procrastinate, and only start studying the material right before the exam. The use of ICT instruments can stimulate students to do more regular self-study, and moreover can accommodate for the difference between students in terms of prior knowledge, pace of study, style of study and the desire to go deeper into the material. 

Using ICT in different educational situations

How the use of ICT can contribute depends on the situation. For each educational situation, it is described which tools can give an important contribution. 

  • Interactive teaching module: Under predetermined conditions (such as the progress the student has made), you can make different elements automatically available to the student.
    Wimba Create  allows you to easily create an online interactive module, containing different elements such as a test or a video.
    Blackboard Adaptive Release  makes it possible to create adaptive learning trajectories based on time, progress (score) and participation.
  • Recording a lecture: A recording of a past lecture can be part of self-study, acting as a reference. 
    Collegeramais the way to efficiently record lectures at the TU Delft. 
    iTunes U can then be used to share the recorded lecture with a larger group of students. 
  • Short video instructions: To support students in subjects they find challenging, short video instructions can be created.   
    Collegerama can be used the create these videos, where the recording location is a studio. 
    Blackboard Collaborate can be used if you prefer to record the video in your own office. 
  • Homework assignments can be offered digitally, and can be marked automatically.
    Tests, Survey's en Pools is a tool in Blackboard which makes this possible.  
    MapleTAas an assessment system (coupled to Blackboard) offers the same possibilities, but is particularly suitable for mathematical assignments.
  • Monitoring progress within a course: As an instructor it is important to have an idea about where students are in the learning-/educational process. Apart from that, it is also important to make sure students do not get stuck for too long or feel too isolated. Blackboard offers a number of tools for this: 
    Blackboard Performance Dashboard in Blackboard gives the possibilities to monitor the activities of a student within a Blackboard Course 
    Blackboard Early Warning System in Blackboard can be used to send the student a reminder, for example about the deadline at which an assignment has to be digitally submitted. 
  • Monitoring Progress course transcending :The relationship between the various activities of a student are increasingly seen as a starting point for education. Monitoring the (competency) development of the individual student, and the reflection on this is an important part of it.  
    Blackboard Portfolio can be used to monitor the general development of a student
  • Sharing online material: To offer students a wide variety of information that can stimulate self-study, it is important that both course material as references are offered online.  
    Repository TU Delft (outside of the ICTO page) is the digital source of scientific publications of the TU Delft and is maintained by the TU Delft Library.
    OpenCourseWare TU Delft (outside of the ICTO page) is the initiative to support education and continue development by making high quality educational material freely available online. 
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