E-learning Software That Creates Student-Centered Environment through Interactive Tools

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Daniel Stewart Mccoy
Tawnya S. Means
Emma Kiziah Humphries
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Richard Croley
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Rich Media Interactive Presentation System Designed to Operate on Mobile Devices and Computers

This e-learning software offers advancements in tools for peer collaboration, instructional annotation, and interactive video transcripts to create a student-centered learning environment. E-learning technology is electronic educational technology managed by a learning management system (LMS). The market for e-learning software is expected to reach $51 billion in 2016. In recent years, popular trends in the e-learning software market have been increasing mobile learning and video-based learning and have been allowing for personalization. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a rich media interactive presentation system that allows users to personalize their video-based learning while operating on mobile devices as well as laptop computers.

Application

Software offers improvements in peer collaboration, instruction annotation, and interactive video transcripts tools while operating on multiple device platforms

Advantages

  • Operates on multiple device platforms, increasing versatility
  • Has features such as variable viewing speeds, the ability to “raise hand” and ask questions, and the ability to add notes and annotations, allowing users to adjust the experience to their preference and to download personalized versions of their notes
  • Records specific analytics such as individual and group viewing times and interactions, giving instructors insight into the learning process

Technology

This rich-media interactive presentation system has tools for peer collaboration, instructional annotation, and interactive video transcripts that are superior to those available on the market. This e-learning software has four major components that make it unique: audio-visual media with hyperlinked text in an interactive transcript, embedded discussion threads, user-controlled annotation, and instructor-facilitated assessment tools. Users are able to interact with instructors in real time while watching the videos through “raising their hand” and asking questions. The program also gives the user the ability to add annotations, take notes, highlight, categorize, and organize material while watching the lecture and then export the personalized document. The program has embedded grading capabilities that automatically link to learning management systems. Instructors will find the program’s ability to track specific analytics useful to augment and improve their teaching style or monitor students. The presentation system is also capable of running without network connectivity and will automatically synchronize when a network connection is established.