Upon the release of the Slice annotation tool, a team of academics at UNSW Australia trialled the functionality in eight class activities. In this series, we’ll be sharing what worked, what didn’t and how you can try this in your own classes.
Overview of the activity
While Slice can be used to give students feedback, not all activities require academics to have visibility of student work. Often Patrick de Permentier conducts his histology classes by providing students with the freedom to work at their own pace as he guides them through histological features. Students are allowed and encouraged to work together but previously had no way of all annotating on the one layer.
In a class of 110 students, they were:
For this exercise no teacher-student feedback was given. Instead, students were encouraged to work together.
An example of a student layer
Students were polled afterwards to ascertain whether they found the exercise/tool helpful. Most felt that their understanding of the topic increased after the activity and free text responses revealed what worked and what didn’t.
What didn’t work:
Student feedback points to:
Tips for conducting a similar exercise:
General Advice: Register all of your students on Slice first and then teach them to annotate. This makes trialling a different style of class much easier. To register your students or to use collaborative annotations in your own classes, watch our short video or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.