Edcite enables teachers to create high-quality, easily customizable, interactive content to fit their class. This web-based authoring tool can be used to combine media and assessments into a platform that can be used for individual lessons or entire classes.
Type of Material:
Edcite materials would be well-suited for flipped lessons, homework assignments, or drill-and-practice exercises
Identify Major Learning Goals:
There are no set goals for the site. Rather, educators will utilize the Edcite content builder to create presentations and assessments to support their own learning goals.
Target Student Population:
Though the material created within Edcite determines the level of the content, the design of the site and the materials shared in the database are geared towards K-12 instructors. It would be very useful for pre-service teachers in developing lessons.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Previous knowledge of the subject matter and familiarity with creative common licenses are needed to create the assignments. Users also need to create a free account.
The auto grade feature is useful for immediate feedback. The accuracy of the information is dependent upon the knowledge and skill level of the teacher. Teachers can design lessons for a range of skill levels from novice to advanced learners. Edcite does not present learning content, but rather offers a way to present content. The application itself is flexible in terms of its usage among various disciplines and to a certain extent, various age groups.
The uploaded media content from the internet and the shared lessons are not peer reviewed.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Edcite is a teaching tool that can be used at any stage of the learning process. The target learners are millenials who are interested interactive learning experiences and immediate feedback. Instructors from any discipline can upload content or create their own to achieve teaching and learning goals.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
A series of drop-down menus and icons are used to guide the user in creating assignments. Videos, photos, and the audio content enable instructors to present information in a way that would be able to appeal to a variety of learners. Instructors can also create interactive questions to engage learners.
There are a wide variety of excellent customization options available for creating custom presentations and assessments. The final product offered to students gives rich system feedback that makes it simple for them to figure out where they are in the lesson and what they need to do.
The interface offers a great deal of flexibility in its customization, but as such, the student view can feel cluttered at times. It was not readily apparent how to turn off some of the navigation buttons to streamline the process of moving through the sections of the module.
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