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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) Charles, Nathaniel 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 – the Next Generation

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?

 

This tool is maintained by Sameer Bhatnagar.