Professor Ashley King, a lecturer in the Hlam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, shares insights into the transformative power of Lucid in the realm of education.
The Lucid Advantage
Teaching with Lucid for the past two years has been a game-changer in my approach to engaging students and facilitating collaborative learning. Having previously used tools like Microsoft Visio, I can unequivocally declare that Lucid surpasses them, offering a dynamic and inclusive educational experience.
Large Class Dynamics: Lucid as a Collaborative Tool
In a class of 1100 students, the challenge lies in fostering engagement and creating a group learning environment. Lucid's concurrent update feature proves invaluable as students collaboratively work on the same document in real-time. This activity focused on crafting an entity-relationship diagram, serves as a fantastic introduction, especially for introductory database classes.
Small Class Setting: Leveraging Lucid's Paid Version
Transitioning to a smaller class setting, my business process class involves more advanced students who have previously engaged with Lucid's free version. Here, the paid version's standout feature, revision history, becomes indispensable. This feature allows me to track students' contributions, fostering accountability and providing insights into their level of engagement. The first-day activity involves students expressing their feelings using shapes, encouraging simultaneous engagement and connection, regardless of physical proximity.
Beyond Boundaries: Lucid in Synchronous and Asynchronous Settings
One of Lucid's greatest strengths is its ability to transcend geographical boundaries. Students can collaborate seamlessly in both synchronous and asynchronous settings. The low barriers to entry and the cloud-based nature of Lucid make it an invaluable tool for fostering participation and inclusivity.
Empowering Collaboration: Lucid's Role in Group Projects
Lucid's impact extends beyond the classroom walls, providing students with a platform to collaborate remotely. It becomes a catalyst for group projects, encouraging students to work together seamlessly across various scenarios and subjects.
Continuing the Journey: Lucid in Advanced Classes
Lucid's role in my business process class goes beyond the initial introduction. As students progress, they delve into creating business process diagrams independently or in groups, showcasing their understanding of complex processes. The tool's flexibility and ease of use empower students to become technology-agnostic and create professional documentation.
Embracing the Transformative Potential
In conclusion, Lucid has become an integral part of my teaching philosophy. The concurrent update feature, low barriers to entry, and collaborative nature make it a powerful tool for fostering engagement and active learning. As an educator, I appreciate the real-time insights provided by the revision history feature, allowing me to gauge student participation and guide their learning journey effectively.
I'm excited about the transformative potential of Lucid, and if you ever have questions or want to explore its possibilities, feel free to reach out. Together, let's revolutionize learning and create an environment where every student feels empowered and engaged. Here's to the future of education with Lucid!
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