- Ed Sakabu, UCLA OIT
- Keith Rozett, UCLA SSC
e-Qis is funded by a grant with NSF; there are many PIs from several universities
What is e-QIS?
- Quality Instruction in Science
- Follow-on study of QIS, used to use 3-ring binders and post it notes.
- Tool to capture and evaluate information electronically
- Instructional docs
- Images of student work
- Short video clips
- 3 parts: initial folder, 10 daily folders, concluding folder
- Initial folder provides general info about your science teaching with an initial reflection. You can also upload artifacts.
- Daily folders collect artifacts of all aspects of daily instruction and assessment practice related to learning goals
- Concluding folder contains things to improve on/modify with the class
The “App” Itself
- 2 pieces: mobile data collection, server with a dashboard to manage what’s collected.
- Mobile is modified version of “ohmage X,” built in Cordova (HTML, CSS, JS – a bit like phone gap)
- App runs on AWS – a single EC2 server on a VPC
- EMA: “Ecological Momentary Assessment” samples subjects’ current behaviors and experiences in real time.
- It’s a rich survey-taking tool
- Added participants and teachers; evaluators are added as teachers so they can review what the “students” are doing
- Data is collected in the class and also outside of it to minimize class disruption
- Annotations and notes can be added to the collected “artifacts”
App Itself (Redux)
- Visualization / dashboard
- e-qis-web plug-in to ohmage for visualizations and evaluation (runs on AWS server)
- e-QIS web plug-in is a collection of JS, CSS and HTML; also backbone.js, bootstrap, and ohmage.js
- Teachers can only see their own data; can “explore” their own portfolios (i.e. all photos, all videos, all initial, etc.); view portfolios in “ordered” context; export their portfolio.
- Evaluators can see all teachers they’re assigned to evaluate; they have review, explore, and summary views.
- Admins are super evaluators, and have all teacher and evaluator functions; this is really a monitor role.
- Verifying file types
- Video capture
- Upload times
- Different usage patterns
- Diverging from true
- Web plug-in: displaying video (HTML5 video tags not as easy as you think), arranging data in a useful way,
- Very iterative with the clients
- Varying opinions as to what is useful
- Responsive design
- Displaying and normalizing video
- Supporting many formats on many browsers and platforms: there are MANY flavors of MP4.
- Converting old videos, restricting new video formats
- Normalizing other user data (panorama images, images with wrong orientation, length and formatting, clashes with design)
- Privacy (non-public data repository with limited entry points)
- General purpose teacher portfolio
- Teacher certification and evaluation
- Teacher training