Some less obvious features of classroom orchestration systems

Kurt VanLehn, Salman Cheema, Jon Wetzel, Daniel Pead

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An orchestration system helps the teacher conduct a face-to-face class that includes small group work as well as activities by individuals and the whole class. The FACT (Formative Assessment with Computational Technology) system is an orchestration system designed to support formative assessment and collaborative learning. Students use tablets to edit electronic posters bearing movable cards. Teachers use a dashboard that both increases their awareness of their students’ state and helps them move fluidly and easily among activities. The FACT system has undergone extensive iterative development, with 28 classroom trials so far. This chapter discusses some of the lessons we have learned about designing this orchestration system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducational Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges, Applications and Learning Outcomes
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781634857604
ISBN (Print)9781634857383
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Collaborative learning
  • Formative assessment
  • Orchestration system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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