Distributed Active Learning Integrated Technology Environment myDALITE— is a free open-source web-based platform that promotes conceptual learning. Its pedagogical foundations are guided by social learning and based on learning principles and practical know-how. It engages students in cognitive tasks that include written self-explanation, comparison and evaluation of explanations produced by peers, and reflection.

With myDALITE, teachers can use the same questions in class in polling mode, or assign questions as out-of-class homework through any learning management system. Teachers can peruse content based on analytics and get reports for how their students are doing over time.

myDALITE also allows teachers to group assignments into collections that can be shared between colleagues and easily assigned to a group of students. It is best described as a “course pack” of curated multiple-choice questions. Collections can consist of an entire semester’s worth of course material to material on a single topic.

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myDALITE has a growing database of questions in subjects ranging from chemistry to the humanities. It is funded by the SALTISE/S4 grant and aims to be the home of an open-source community offering high-impact high-quality learning resources built for teachers by teachers. Join us, it’s free!

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A Little myDALITE History

Born out of a design-based research project that brings learning theory and practice together, the Distributed Active Learning Integrated Technology Environment (DALITE) takes peer instruction online into an asynchronous environment.

myDALITE is an asynchronous peer instruction tool for any LMS

Peer Instruction, popularized by Eric Mazur of Harvard University, is one of the most prevalent classroom activities today. Something fascinating happens during these peer discussions, whereby students can convince each other of the correct thinking. But what about instances when the class size is too small for diversity of answers, or the teacher wants to have students prepare for class using a similar approach? This is where DALITE was born!

DALITE (Distributed Active Learning Integrated Technology Environment) was developed by a team of Montreal area research-practice partnership team – Elizabeth (Liz) CharlesNathaniel LasryChris WhittakerMichael Dugdale and Kevin Lenton. These learning scientist and physics education researcher (PER) come from three Montreal area colleges – Dawson, John Abbott and Vanier. Working in collaboration with Jim Slotta (at time, University of Toronto, OISE)  and his graduate students, and supported by grants from Dawson College and the Ministry of Higher Education in Quebec. Read more about the research results involving DALITE.

myDALITE – Since 2015

HarvardX, a founding member of the edX consortium, financed the development of DALITE into an [open source], LTI compliant tool, making it available through most major Learning Management Systems, including Moodle and Canvas, Desire to Learn (D2L) and Open EdX. Since 2015, DALITE has been used in three Massive Open Online Classroom (MOOCs) on the edX platform, including PhysicsExercise ScienceEthics and morality, HarvardX’s most popular MOOC. For more information contact Sameer Bhatnagar.

Check out this great article written by the SALTISE group: Taking DALITE to the next level: What have we learned from a web-based peer instruction application?

The tool is maintained by Sameer Bhatnagar.

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Learn more by visiting the myDALITE website.