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