A Social Learning and Teaching Plattform

Backstage is a learning and teaching ecosystem combining concepts from Backchannels and Audience Response Systems and Project-based Learning. With Backstage's features, a wide variety of approaches to learning and teaching can be realized. Throughout the learning and teaching process, Backstage gathers data and uses Learning Analytics to provide immediate feedback for learners and teachers.

A project on Backstage consists of a group of users collaboratively working on a problem for a longer period of time. Projects provide a shared calendar, means for task assignments to project participants, as well as the possibility to collaboratively create and revise documents. A project can be defined by a teacher to be carried out by groups of learners, realising project-based learning, but is not restricted to this usage: every user on Backstage can define projects.

A course in Backstage is a structured collection of learning material that - depending on the mode of the course - is worked on synchronously, asynchronously, or partly synchronously, partly asynchronously. Annotations can be anchored at arbitrary positions of learning materials and commented on. Quizzes and other types of interactions can be interleaved with the teaching material, creating a more interactive learning environment.

Imagine yourself studying for an exam ... a really tough exam.

With Backstage you will notice you are not alone.

And maybe find someone to help you if you have questions.

Backstage strives to engage students throughout the whole learning and teaching process

Engaging in Lectures

During Lectures, Backstage strives to actively engage students by offering them the possibilities to ask and answer questions using the annotation function and participate in a variety of interactions, such as multiple-choice quizzes and small practical exercises.

Carrying out Assignments

Applying newly acquired knowledge in Assignments is an important part of the learning process. Backstage helps learners to organize their learning assignments and enables teachers to provide meaningful feedback. Backstage supports peer correction and peer grading.

Participating in Tutorials

Tutorials allow learners to work on problems in smaller groups. Backstage provides tutors with an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of their tutorial groups, so that problems can be addressed more indivdually.

Sometimes learning material does not fit the learners' needs.

Imagine a plattform, where learners are encouraged to create and share supplementary material.

And next time, the learning material is closer to the learners' needs.

Backstage enables collaboration ...

... between students: Backstage strives to break social isolation by making learners aware of their learning progress in relation to their peers, suggesting them where to provide assistance and showing them where to get assistance.

... between students and lecturers: Course material can always be improved. Backstage makes it easy for teachers to revise their learning material according to students' feedback.

... between lecturers: Lecturers can share course material or even create learning material together. Collaboration on learning materials brings together different perspectives aiming at improving the quality of the learning material.

Data can be gathered at many points in the learning process ...

... which is aggregated and processed automatically ...

... and sent back to the appropriate recipients.

Using Learning Analytics to promotes learner‘s self regulation

By providing continious feedback about their learning progress. Backstage informs learners about skill and knowledge gaps and suggests actions to tackle the problem.

Learning ends, if the learner loses motivation. Providing tangible visualisations of past achievements and future tasks helps keep learners invested.