Discourse is an interactive lecture technology that facilitates collaborative learning and provides analytics for professors.
Discourse is an interactive lecture technology that facilitates collaborative learning and provides analytics for professors. Read more
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What is Discourse?
Discourse is an interactive lecture supplement for both students and professors. Unlike other platforms, Discourse facilitates collaborative learning and in-class activities that produces comprehensive learning materials.
Why did we create Discourse?
Learning shouldn't be a passive experience. Large lecture halls today paint a rather dismal picture - students, with their eyes glued to laptop screens, and professors droned out in the background. The current learning environment doesn't facilitate learning. Students often rush to cram all the information they didn't learn in class the night before their midterms and finals.
Discourse aims to harness ubiquitous, always on devices as a boon instead of a distraction. We can facilitate learning and make lecture time valuable by taking advantage of some key insights in the science of education.
How can Discourse help you?
If you are a student, Discourse will keep you engaged during lecture and ensure that you understand the content. During class you will complete activities deigned to help you learn and retain the material so that you'll be fully prepared the day of the test! And to help you study, Discourse will turn your activities from class into a study guide and quiz supplements so you can quickly review any lecture. Say goodbye to long nights of cramming and confusion.
If you're a professor, Discourse offers a solution to constant distraction during class and students that can never seem to grasp the material. With Discourse you can accurately gauge how well your students are understanding, to improve your lectures. Students will need less review, and the content they produce can be used in future classes. If your course has a participation grade for students, Discourse can provide meaningful analytics about the quality of the contributions made during and outside class.
Who We Are
Our team is made up of four undergraduate students from the University of California, San Diego.
Allan, Captain Designer
How Your Contributions Can Help
We are dedicated to improving higher education through Discourse and are currently looking for $134,000 to continue the development of Discourse. Your contributions to our campaign will cover the cost of development, marketing, and employee salary.
We need you to Join the Discourse!
Risks and challenges
We're currently testing the best way to structure activities to enact during class so that students may get the most during their experiences. There are Basic Discourse Activities, which are more generic and low-stake, that will generate student responses for higher level activities called In-depth Discourse Activities. Further testing in different lecture settings will help overcome this challenge in order to best structure a model fitting for any lecture.
We are currently working on best way to display content for the lecture outline to help students review. We're researching how might we best visualize the data gathered across students for professors to easily digest as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter