Oppia: Google’s New Learning Tool

Anne Collier
  • By Anne Collier
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  • March 11, 2014

Google Oppia

This may be the next step beyond tutorials on YouTube, MOOCs (massively open online courses), Google Play for Education and YouTube EDU. It may even be signaling the next step for education. It’s called “Oppia,” and it’s a learning teaching tool. It helps teachers customize what they’re teaching, student by student – by asking the individual learner questions and, “based on how the learner responds to those questions, the teacher decides how to proceed, which questions to ask, how to give feedback and so on,” TechCrunch reports.

Smart Feedback

It’s part of the shift (I hope) we’re seeing away from mass-production education, as it helps tailor the subject to the learner rather than the other way around. “You can think of this as a smart feedback system that tries to ‘teach a person to fish,’ instead of simply revealing the correct answer or marking the submitted answer as wrong,” Google says.

Open Source Community

Oppia is an open source tool, so anyone can use it, certainly not just classroom teachers or professors creating “MOOCs” (massively open online courses), “to create online interactive activities that others can learn from,” according to TheNextWeb.com. Google calls those interactive activities “explorations” that “can be built and contributed to by multiple people from around the world through a Web interface, without any programming required,” TheNextWeb adds. So, for example, a teacher in India or Kenya can use Oppia to customize for his or her local class a MOOC from a university in a distant country. What “open source” means is that Google hopes a community forms around Oppia and helps improve and evolve it.

Connected Learning

Any step closer to fully engaging digitally adept students and syncing formal education up with all the informal learning they’re doing online, outside of school, is an important step. Oppia is part of this important trend toward bringing connected learning into school and tailoring school for learners.

Originally posted via Net Family News on March 5,2014

Anne CollierContent provided by Anne Collier. Editor of NetFamilyNews.org and founder and executive director of its parent organization, Net Family News, Inc.More on Anne Collier can be found here.

 

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