Concept Coach is back, and we’ve made some improvements in time for the Fall 2016 pilot:
- Faster and better score reports
- Question library where instructors can view and exclude questions
- Smoother student registration process
- Simpler way to assign Concept Coach question sets: copy and paste links to your syllabus or LMS
- Errata corrections within each subject
- The ability to report errata within Concept Coach
If you piloted in Spring 2016, visit our FAQ for instructions on setting up your courses in Concept Coach for the summer or fall.
At Rice University, we have a team focused on embedding technology into our OpenStax textbooks to improve student learning outcomes. This free tool, called Concept Coach, will be embedded in the web view of OpenStax’s college textbooks. As students read, they will be asked questions to reinforce their understanding of the content. Concept Coach automatically incorporates proven cognitive science principles — spaced practice, retrieval practice, and feedback — to increase students' long-term retention. Concept Coach is designed to easily integrate into a professor's existing workflow and is not a replacement for traditional or online homework.
Get a preview of the OpenStax Concept Coach instructor dashboard capabilities and discover how Concept Coach can benefit your course.
What does OpenStax Concept Coach offer you and your students?
- A free study tool to help your students reinforce foundational concepts
- Built-in cognitive science principles to improve long-term retention
- High-quality question sets
- Insights into student performance on classwide and individual levels
- Easy assignment process: just add assignment links into your LMS or syllabus
Improving student learning
OpenStax Concept Coach is a free tool that helps students understand and retain what they read. Developed using proven cognitive science learning principles, Concept Coach gives students repeated opportunities to retrieve what they’ve learned, improving long-term retention.
Hundreds of high quality questions
Concept Coach draws from hundreds of questions in the question library. Not covering a certain topic? You can exclude questions within the library to make sure your students don’t receive them.
Your teacher dashboard
Your teacher dashboard offers insights into what your students are mastering and where they may need more help. Visit the dashboard for a snapshot of overall completion rates, how your class performed when they were first exposed to the material, and how well they did when they revisited the material with Concept Coach’s review question sets.
Individual student performance
Visit the Student Scores page to see students’ individual scores, view their responses, and check their progress with their Concept Coach review question sets. You can also export all score data into an Excel workbook.
Assigning Concept Coach
The Assignment Links page lists the URL for each section of your Concept Coach book. To assign Concept Coach, just copy the links of the pertinent sections from your dashboard and paste them into your LMS or syllabus.
Our online help center is available 24/7 for you and your students. If you can’t find the answers you need there, our dedicated customer service team is just an email or phone call away.
View samples of questions that OpenStax Concept Coach may serve your students in each subject.
SpacingSpacing the exposure to content across multiple episodes produces better retention than massing content into a single episode (Carpenter et al. , 2012; Dempster, 1989). Concept Coach uses a custom spacing algorithm that automatically spaces content while still adapting to the unique workflow of the student.
FeedbackThe type and timing of feedback is critical for effective learning (Hattie & Timperley, 2007; Shute, 2008). Concept Coach provides immediate and informative feedback to ensure effective processing.
RetrievalIt is critical to incorporate retrieval opportunities in the learning process. Actively recalling information produces powerful effects on retention and comprehension (Karpicke & Grimaldi, 2012; Karpicke & Roediger, 2008). Concept Coach promotes retrieval by encouraging students to actively construct short-answer responses instead of passively selecting among multiple-choice options.
Students see a visual representation of their understanding by topic and faculty can view individual student or class progress.