Learnics-Based Teaching

How to use the data collected from the Learnics ThinkingApp

Concept 1 - Learning Analytics

Learning analytics is “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.”

Concept 2 - Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)

TPACK is one possible framework for understanding the teacher knowledge needed in order to effectively integrate technology. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a popular theoretical framework that describes the knowledge that teachers must have for effective technology integration. TPACK combines the pedagogical knowledge of “how to teach” with technology as well as teaching with technology within specific content areas. (Mishra & Koehler, 2006) This screencast connects the evolution of the TPACK framework to Shulman’s Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) framework (1986) and highlights the overlapping teacher knowledge domains of Pedagogical Knowledge (PK), Content Knowledge (CK), and Technological Knowledge (TK).

Learning Strategies


Student Metacognition

Metacognition is “awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes”.

ThinkingApp data will engage student’s in metacognitive exercises by reflecting on their online behaviors from working on a specific assignment. Students will use their digital footprint (data collected) to analyze the patterns and trends of their own online behavior in order to become more efficient and effective learners.

Assigning "learning time"

  1. “Tonight for homework you should spend 20 minutes researching the effect World War II had on the American economy.  Submit a log of your activity”

  2. “For homework your should access my 13 minute long flipped classroom video to prepare your for tomorrow’s class.  Submit a log to show you watched the entire video.”

  3. “Over the duration of this weekend, you should spend 30 minutes writing your self reflective essay.”


Submitting Data as Works Cited

  1. “Keep a log of your online activity as you complete this research paper.  This will be submitted as your works cited”

  2. “Your behavior log should show that you accessed at least 5 different scholarly websites”

  3. “You behavior log should show that you searched all angles of this topic”

Curated Learning Experiences

  1. Permit access to only specific sites

    “Spend 15 minutes accessing right wing sites about healthcare reform then 15 minutes accessing left wing sites about health care.”

  2. Restrict access to specific sites.

    “In class today you should only access the sites listed within the assignment.”

  3. Control time spent learning vs producing

    “Spend 15 minutes accessing right wing sites about healthcare reform then 15 minutes accessing left wing sites about health care, then spend 10 minutes summarizing their differences.”

  4. Take a "Stanza Approach" to time

    "In order to promote retention, I want you to review this material in short periods over the course of several days.  Submit a log that shows 10 separate interactions with this material for less than 10 minutes each. "

Student Self Reflection

  1. Student add reflection about effort put into assignment.

  2. Student add reflection about knowledge gained with assignment.

E-Learning Days

  1. Students submit a log of online activity to each teacher as proof of attendance and engagement for e-learning days.