Located in New York City, an Ivy League university whose policy is to remain unnamed is committed to educating and developing leaders and builders of companies who create value for the society through its MBA, MS, Ph.D., and other programs.
As a result of the many disruptions caused by the pandemic, this long-established institution had to react quickly to continue to fulfill its mission. The alternatives were in-person and social-distanced classrooms with plastic protective barriers or a remote classroom that could be hybrid or fully online.
For a tenured professor of social entrepreneurship teaching undergraduates and MBA students at this institution, COVID-19 brought other unanticipated challenges to his classroom: dealing with people working in teams and keeping students engaged and motivated after moving his class online.
Noviggo, a Boston-based software startup focused on EdTech, helped him drive student engagement, transforming his lessons into an interactive program with their collaborative learning tool. This technology allows educators and students to collaborate through personalized teaching frameworks focused on learning through action.
Below, you will learn more about the Professor’s journey and the outcomes of this teaching approach.
A National Survey of Undergraduates During The Covid-19 Pandemic found that student satisfaction was dramatically lower after their colleges moved classes entirely online. The professor’s response was to quickly find tools and strategies that could remediate these and other common problems in online or hybrid courses.
Early in the pandemic before the fall semester, the professor began discussing with Noviggo several worries he had for the upcoming semester:
The professor created and leveraged visual frameworks to teach his entrepreneurship class. He employs a project-based strategy, where undergraduate and MBA students would form teams, network, and collaborate around analyzing business models. However, COVID-19 entirely disrupted the usual social dynamics.
On the one hand, he could no longer share his knowledge and interact with students in a room, sitting in the same location. On the other hand, students lacked in-person interactions like casual discussions about their projects, presenting ideas, and getting feedback from peers.
The professor needed a solution with enough flexibility to implement his vision in an easy-to-use and secure way. He was also looking for better visibility over the students’ work so he or his TAs could jump in whenever they required help.
Noviggo enables students to collaborate and engage with each other while learning about specific topics in bite-sized pieces, guided by prompting questions set up by the professor.
Using Noviggo, the professor and the TAs were able to:
"I think it certainly centralizes and encourages productive brainstorming and development of business concepts."Surveyed students
"We could easily divide up the work and share the ideas without having to chat on the side"
"We could all work at the same time and check in on each other's progress."
Noviggo’s platform is based on years of research into best practices of online/remote teaching. A research study from 2018 suggests that bite-sized pedagogy produces higher average scores and is also preferred by students. Noviggo recognizes smaller learning objectives make learning more easily consumed, increases knowledge retention, and reduces cognitive load.
This strategy seemed ideal for keeping students engaged and motivated; students would focus on one learning objective at a time and their own pace.
Using the platform, the professor was able to:
It was such a great way to organize the information about our companies and really helped us focus on the aspects that mattered most.Surveyed student
Monitoring engagement levels during and between the class presents excellent opportunities for educators to adjust their instruction and enhance the learning experience. With a project-based approach using technology, Noviggo makes it possible to capture data that can help educators understand how students learn and work together with real-time insights leading to improvements that boost student engagement.
Using Noviggo, the professor was able to:
The “Last activity” dashboard is one of many ways to analyze a team’s progress. The professor would use it to ensure that everyone would be working in the same area when working on a topic during a lecture.
The goal of this professor is to create an engaging learning experience for students. Developing the syllabus and the lectures, the content, the dynamic, the activities, etc., are the critical areas of focus.
With Noviggo, the process of onboarding the professor and a class was quick and straightforward:
In our interview with the professor and his TA’s, we were able to identify the benefits of introducing Noviggo to their teaching:
There is a lot more to learn. Our next step at Noviggo is to work with new professors interested in enhancing students’ learning at this university. 2020 was a year of radical change for everyone, especially for the education sector, with an urgency to reinvent the online learning experience to adapt to the new normal. At Noviggo, we are working to help educators and students with a platform for collaborating on visual frameworks that promotes critical and innovative thinking.
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