Our engineering team has implemented a dozen of big changes to the teacher platform over the last few months. I thought it might therefore be good to run over the key features and explain how new teachers generally get going on Seneca.
We’ve seen that new teachers generally start with a student test group. That seems like a wise tactic for trying out any new educational tool. This comes down to the teacher inviting a subset of their class. Usually we see around 15 students joining a class for 2-3 weeks. This would give sufficient time to set an assignment and give students the full learning experience as well as receive sufficient feedback.
Once the study test group has been found successful you will introduce Seneca to your other classes. Here it becomes important to name your classes in a way that you separate KS3, KS4, GCSE and A level. We would recommend to use naming such as Year 9a, Year9b, Year 10a, etc.
After creating your classes and inviting your students you can start setting assignment for sub-sections of any revision course. Here it’s important to select the correct sections that you want to assign to your students and pick the start and due dates. It’s also possible to schedule homework for individual students. In that way you can differentiate more among students. Setting foundation coursework to some and higher coursework to others. The goal in the end is to let each student reach its own maximum study potential and we aim to let each new feature assist in this.
For the first time on the teacher platform you can now track your students’ progress through courses and assignments. Seneca provides both a class overview as well as individual student insights. The class overview provides statistics related to the study sessions completed, revision questions answered and the total study duration. These insights can also be obtained by setting assignments which will show what the scores per student per section are. Now you're able to identify how well an individual student understand topics such as 2.3.1 Cell Membrane Structure.
One of the most liked parts by students is the leaderboard and the possibility to compete with friends on the best study scores. We’ve also seen teachers creating their own leaderboards in Excel or Google sheet by copying over the class study statistics. We don’t offer class leaderboards or exporting functionality yet, but really do see this as an additional benefit to increase the in-class engagement. It something we’re very excited about and hope to be adding soon.