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NCEER Workshop: Helping Your Students Learn via Sketching

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CT

Where: Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library), 2210, 2233 Tech Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff

Cost: Free

Contact: Elisa Lindstrom   (847) 467-5811

Group: NCEER

Category: Academic


Sketching is a valuable way to think and communicate in many STEM disciplines. Sketch Worksheets are a new kind of sketch-based educational software, developed at Northwestern, designed to facilitate spatial learning. Each worksheet represents a specific exercise which a student does on a computer. Students get feedback based on automatic comparison of their sketch with a hidden solution sketch. A software gradebook, which uses scoring rubrics in the solution sketch, helps instructors in grading. Sketch Worksheets have already been deployed in geoscience classes at Northwestern and at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in AI classes here at Northwestern. They are domain-independent, requiring only that the exercise involves visual distinctions that the software can understand. Importantly, Sketch Worksheets are authored by instructors and domain experts, without needing AI researchers in the loop. This makes them scalable and customizable. (For example, search for “CogSketch” at you will find
geoscientist-authored worksheets.) This session will discuss the basic ideas behind sketch worksheets and we will walk through the construction of a simple worksheet, so you can see how they might be useful in your own classes.

Some tablet computers will be provided for those who want to follow along, and you can of course download and install CogSketch on your own Windows machine if you prefer. CogSketch is already installed in several teaching labs on campus, if you would like to try it out in advance.)

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