Required Equals Results: Kay E. Strong, Baldwin Wallace




“I am able to have students engaged in a learning discourse as I provide instruction over the material.”


What impact did requiring digital have on your students’ success?
Students who complete the LearnSmart assignment have early exposure to the basic terminology and concepts in the chapter before I present content in class.


Which digital tools do you use in your class?
I use Connect and LearnSmart.


When did you begin using digital tools in your classes and what did it replace, if anything?
I began using digital tools in my classes in the fall of 2011. Digital tools enable students to take more responsibility for the learning process.


When did you decide to require them as part of the course grade?
I decided to require digital tools as part of the course grade in the fall of 2011.


What percentage of your course grade is made up by digital tools like Connect and LearnSmart?
More than one-half of my course grade is made up by digital tools.


Why is it important to require digital rather than make it optional?
I believe it helps level the playing field if students will invest with an objective to learn.


What advice do you have for instructors who are incorporating digital into their courses for the first time?
I advise instructors to begin small, become familiar with the tool and then expand use of the tool.


What are you able to do now that you couldn’t before you required digital?
I am able to have students engaged in a learning discourse as I provide instruction over the material.


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