Use the "muddiest point" technique to gain insight to your students' learning and provide targeted instruction.
- Models communication with online instructor
- Responsive to student needs
- Incentivizes reflection and question asking for ALL students
- Condenses feedback to make whole-class interaction realistic
- Reduces e-mail load
- Creates connection with students
- Feedback to the instructor about what is ‘working’
- Reusable semester to semester, can become proactive help videos linked with the quizzes
- Set up a Canvas quiz for each lesson, lecture, or week. This can be a short answer quiz, or one where you must attach an image that includes a screen shot of your muddiest point (quiz question or lecture slide).
- Click through the submissions using the SpeedGrader and tally up the submissions by question category.
- Pick the top 1-4 questions and make responses. This can be a written response, or a quick (~3 minute) VidGrid video for each one. Title each video in a way that students can easily sift through them and see which ones apply to what they need to know.
- Send these out to the whole class in an announcement.
Recommended Resources & Links
Carberry, A., Krause, S., Ankeny, C., & Waters, C. (2013, October). “Unmuddying” course content using muddiest point reflections. In 2013 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (pp. 937-942). IEEE.