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|Service Restored: UCB Network - Williams Village North||Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:48pm||Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 2:51pm|
The Kubi Innovation Grant Pilot has transitioned to a campus service. For more information visit Kubi – Remote Presence.
From time to time, students encounter situations that make it difficult or impossible for them to be physically present in class. Our pilot explored how to bring these students into class in a way that allows them to actively participate and that might scale to fit our campus population. Enter Kubi, a small but mighty solution.
The majority of CU Boulder courses are designed to leverage the rich face-to-face class environment for student learning, but what happens to students who are unable to be physically present in the classroom due to extenuating circumstances?
Possible solutions to bridge the gap between these students and on-campus classes include recording lectures or making learning materials available online; however, the technology and support required can sometimes be prohibitively expensive to the university and burdensome to the instructor. These solutions could work for some large lecture courses but aren’t well-suited for seminars or other smaller courses where dialogue between students and faculty is an essential component of learning.
What we have been missing is a cost-effective, ready-to-implement solution that enables remote students to actively participate in smaller classes, experience more meaningful learning, and successfully complete their degree.
Building on the success of a Spring 2016 pilot, the Academic Technology Design Team (ATDT) spearheaded a proposal for the inaugural Innovation Grant issued by the Office of Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO, Kelly Fox, which solicited creative approaches to solving campus challenges. Partnering closely with Arts & Sciences Advising, Athletics, and Undergraduate Education, our proposal received funding for a small-scale pilot during Spring 2017 to investigate how Kubis might be used across campus to serve remote students. Specifically, we sought to determine if the Kubi technology could remove barriers to classroom participation for students who aren’t able to attend small face-to-face classes.
We identified three target populations for this pilot:
The ATDT coordinated the technology purchase and implementation for 10 Kubi setups (with iPads), provided training and support to pilot participants, and assessed the effectiveness and impact of Kubis in the classroom. We also secured an instructor’s course release to provide pedagogical expertise and leveraged “Kubi buddies” (i.e., another student enrolled in the class) for classroom delivery and set up.
Not only did we learn that Kubis are an effective, easy-to-use tool that can indeed help students be present when they otherwise could not, we:
Over the course of the pilot, we also created technical and pedagogical documentation to support Kubi users including a Quick Start Guide for the Kubi + Zoom setup as well as Kubi Tips for the student and instructor.
During our pilot, the Kubi technology allowed students to keep up with their coursework and prevented them from being absent, falling behind, and possibly needing to withdraw. As of November 2017, the Kubi Innovation Grant Pilot enabled 11 CU Boulder students to attend 302 class sessions they otherwise would have missed.
We also discovered a wide variety of additional uses and audiences including administrators, faculty, and staff who were away or traveling but needed to participate in on-campus meetings. Their experiences were so positive that, not only did they help raise awareness of the technology with their friends and colleagues, some of them purchased a Kubi setup for their own unit.
Overall, Kubis proved to be an affordable, reliable, rapid-response solution that brought remote students into on-campus classes without impacting teaching and learning. We provided the only readily available option to help students who were away from campus continue with their studies and complete their coursework.
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Student comments received during the pilot:
Based on this pilot, we recommend that CU Boulder continues to offer Kubis as a stop gap solution for students in need, allowing them to continue their studies without interruption and complete their degree.
The Kubi Innovation Grant Pilot was featured in a number of publications and presentations.
This project supports the Chancellor’s Strategic Imperatives in two main ways:
Courtney Fell, Learning Experience Designer, ATDT
Doris Cheung, Learning Experience Designer, ATDT
Tarah Dykeman, Learning Experience Design Graduate Student Assistant, ATDT
Mark Werner, Associate Director for Academic Technology Strategy and Support, ATDT
Shelly Bacon, Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and Academic Services
Giorgio Corda, Instructor, Department of French and Italian
Medford Moorer, Assistant Director for Academics, Athletics
Kathryn Tisdale, Director of Advising Quality, Academic Advising Center
OIT’s ASSETT, Device Lifecycle Program, Learning Spaces Technology, Networking
Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC)
College of Arts & Sciences
Leeds School of Business
Leeds Technology Services
Program in Environmental Design
Student Support and Case Management Services