Classroom in Your Hand


I am not building my digital CiYH module in one semester. It took me four semesters to complete. The biggest time investment is the development of the video contents. With other duties like research and consultation, I can say I need at least a week of ‘free time’ to sit down, think of the storyline, and start to develop using my iPad and my Mac.

It is because I believe this is the right thing to do, I keep persistent to develop my CiYH module.

From the day I implemented my module, I keep improving many things.

For example, during the class, I observed the students were still lacking the concept of transmissibility, although I have created three videos for this topic. In the next semester, I created simple quiz (5 questions) to test the students’ understanding, or another way to recap what they have learned from the video, instead of summarising it at the end of the video itself.

Another example, many students did not notice the link to answer the quiz, as I only put online of text below the video. So to make noticeable, I created and added an icon before the instruction, and used this consistently throughout other chapters.

Sound simple right? But it does effective.

Adding an icon to attract attention.

So in this EVALUTE phase, the keyword is Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) to ensure the digital learning modules remain effective, up-to-date, and aligned with the evolving needs of the learners.

Some strategies for the CQI:

1. Collect and Analyze User Feedback:

Regularly gather feedback from students using surveys, polls, or direct communication channels. Analyze their input to identify strengths and weaknesses in the digital learning modules.

Examples of survey for my class: Numerical Method.

2. Performance Analytics:

Utilize analytics tools within the Learning Management System (LMS) to track student engagement, completion rates, and performance on assessments. We can check the progress bar of the students indicating how they interact with the content we designed in the LMS.

Examples of performance indicators from our LMS.

3. Regular Content Review:

Establish a schedule for periodic reviews of the digital learning content. Ensure that the material is up-to-date, accurate, and aligns with the learning objectives. Update content based on advancements in the field or changes in curriculum.

4. User Experience (UX) Design:

Evaluate the overall user experience of the digital learning platform. Assess the ease of navigation, clarity of instructions, and the overall design. For example, adding an icon to attract attention is a simple UX design. Its shape, size and colour is the UI (User Interface) design.

5. Technology Updates:

Stay informed about technological advancements and updates that can enhance the functionality of the digital learning modules.

When I found DESMOS to be an interactive graph, I add this to enhance the students’ understanding about the Frequency Response Function graph. The student can play with the parameters (mass, spring, and damping) and can observe how the graph changes with the change of the variable. 

6. Peer Review:

Encourage peer review among educators or instructional designers. Having fresh eyes on the content can provide valuable insights and different perspectives. Constructive criticism from peers can help refine the content.