Dr. Vasudeva Rao Aravind, associate professor, Clarion University Department of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, presented a research talk titled “Teacher-Authored Tutors to Improve Student Learning” Jan. 25 at Carnegie Mellon University’s Gates-Hillman Complex.
This talk was part of a meeting on Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, a multi-purpose consortium of colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh area. The PCHE strives to improve students' learning by providing accessible tools and methods which any teacher at any institution can adopt and improve learning outcomes for their own students and learners. This meeting was attended by faculty and administrators from leading universities in Pittsburgh, including Carnegie Mellon University, Robert Morris University and Point Park University.
Aravind shared how teacher-authored, computer-based systems can be used by any teacher or faculty at any university, by using state-of-the-art authoring tools provided by Carnegie Mellon University.
"This talk was a result of two to three years of work. By attending and learning from Carnegie Mellon University's LearnLab summer schools in the past years (thanks to Clarion University's support), my undergraduate students, my colleagues and I were able to author computer-based tutors which provided excellent learning experience for our students," Aravind said. "Results from one such tutor that Dr. Marcella McConnell (assistant professor of mathematics) and I made was published in a leading journal on educational technology. With this ongoing work, I am confident that we will be able to make more such tutors in a variety of subjects to improve student learning."