Google has launches a new education tool which allows teachers to create online interactive activities that others can learn from. Oppia is an open source project, and allows users to create ‘explorations’ which can be collaboratively built via a web interface.
Google describe the platform as…
Oppia gathers data on how learners interact with it, making it easy for exploration authors to spot and fix shortcomings in an exploration. They would do this by logging in, finding an answer that many learners are giving but which the system is not responding to adequately, and creating a new learning path for it, based on what they would actually say if they were interacting in-person with the learner. Oppia can then give this feedback to future learners.
The list of features with the software are impressive, and will appeal to educators who are trying to implement technology into their practice:
- Learners receive personalized, customizable feedback after submitting answers
- Explorations are embeddable in any webpage
- An online analytics dashboard that allows explorations to be improved easily over time
- A full online editor GUI
- A comprehensive extension framework allowing straightforward integration of new interactions and classification rules
- Parameters can be associated with a learner in order to create a richer interactive experience
- Collaborative creation and editing of explorations with version control
- (in progress) Responsive UI for mobile devices
Oppia knows how to deal with numeric, text, and multiple choice inputs, as well as some more specialized types such as a clickable map and a code evaluator. Google have also built an extensible framework that lets developers extend the range of input types that Oppia can understand.
The video below highlights a brief overview: