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Professor develops cloud-based learning application

By Liao Hsueh-ju and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A professor at China University of Technology has decided to tackle the issue of students using smartphones during class by having them use their phones to work on class-related activities via a specially designed app.

“Students nowadays are prone to focusing more on their smartphones or tablet computers than listening in class,” professor Tseng You-hung (曾宥宏) said, adding that it is a unique trait shared by students of the modern era.

Tseng said that he developed the app, named “Cloud Education 3.0,” over the past year-and-a-half, adding that education has moved from paper to digital and now to the cloud.

The app features a variety of mini-games that are integrated with course content, such as flipping cards, whack-a-mole and friend-finding, Tseng said, adding that instructors can set different goals, rewards and punishments for the mini-games, as well as setting time limits for answering questions.

All events are conducted simultaneously across the classroom on an individual basis, Tseng said.

Tseng said he has found that the app has greatly improved students’ motivation to learn course material.

Tseng, who has been uploading questions, videos and audio files, as well as other course material, to a cloud server, said the platform has allowed him to educate in a more relaxed manner and allows him to easily grade papers and monitor students’ general performance.

Tseng said he also added a roll-call function to the software, allowing instructors to either manually check off students in class or allow the app to automatically handle attendance, adding that the application also allows for student-instructor interaction by encouraging students to ask questions.

After a trial period of one semester — to the acclaim of the instructors and students who have used it — Tseng said he is offering the program free of charge to all educators and students across the nation, regardless of age.

More than 17,000 people have downloaded the app over the past six months since he made it available for download, Tseng said, adding that lecturers from his own university, Feng Chia University, Chang Jung Christian University and others have applied to use the app.

Tseng said he hopes the app becomes a platform in which instructors enjoy teaching and students enjoy learning.

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