Free Workshop on using Cerego

Join my workshop Using Cerego to Improve Learning Retention at #LeidenDigitalEducation2021 — a seminar on the present and future of #DigitalEducation at @Leiden University

28 Jan | 13:30–15:30

Register to attend HERE

Organised by the @Centre-for-innovation-Leiden-University

Nearing 200 enrolled LUMC students

I have kept track of the rate of enrollment after initial announcement of the availability of Cerego content for various classes. Below are the results. What do you think could cause such more rapid enrollment in Medicine than in the Sciences?

Cerego again applied to learn Anatomy at LUMC

In the anatomy-based course “Vraagstukken bewegen” of prof. Marco de Ruiter en dr. Huub van der Heide at the LUMC, nearly 150 students enrolled for using Cerego within two days of the class starting! I am convinced this is at least in part due to the excellent study materials produced by the student assistants of this course.

Nieuwe resultaten binnen uit student survey

Bij Molecular Science & Technology en bij de MSc opleiding Chemistry is ook gebruik gemaakt van Cerego. De resultaten van de enquete onder studenten zijn helemaal in lijn met de eerdere resultaten bij BFW en LST: studenten waarderen Cerego en willen graag dat het bij meer vakken in hun opleiding wordt ingezet!

Vandaag met Scheikunde voor BFW gestart

Vandaag is content voor Scheikunde bij BFW life gegaan. Dit is de eerste keer dat we Cerego binnen één opleiding sequentieel bij vakken inzetten. Benieuwd of studenten die eerder actief waren ook nu weer uit zichzelf dit vak gaan gebruiken… en hoeveel nieuwe gebruikers erbij komen!

Students who tried it overwhelmingly say YES to Cerego.

Results are in for the first two surveys.

On a Likert scale of 1 to 5 students at the Faculty of Science answered positively with a 4.72 (BFW) and a 4.63 (LST) to the question whether they enjoyed using Cerego. They believe it helped them with studying for the subject (4.22; 4.13) and recommend that other professors use Cerego as well in their program (4.33; 4.38). Most students would welcome some more content (3.50; 4.19). Most of them believe the registered in time. This is arguable as registration numbers developed linearly with time and therefor many started rather late with learning.

In any case, the positive feedback is heart-warming and we happily continu with this project, adding new courses regularly and perhaps even more faculties.

First time that we send out surveys

Today we put out – for the first time – two surveys under students. For teh Biochemistry course of BioFarmaceutical Sciences and for the Celbiology & Biochemistry course of Life Science & Technology programs, we are using 5 questions only using ratings to get an idea on how these students liked having Cerego as an app to aid their studies. Looking forward to the response!

courses running Cerego at Leiden

While we are in the middle of the Corona crisis, here is a quick update on the use of Cerego at Leiden….

In 2019, we started using Cerego at an Introductory Chemistry course – “General and Inorganic Chemistry”. While some of the 180 students registered for this class used the software package to memorize some definitions and names of complex ions, others did not. An extremely limited study on exam results showed no significant difference between students that did and did not use Cerego for exam questions that students could have prepared for using new Cerego content. Although this sounds disappointing, it is not! Exam results should not be influenced (much) by use of Cerego – it should only affect LONG TERM MEMORY, not the exam grade. As Cerego is not compulsory, the fact that it did not benefit Cerego users is, thus, a good thing!

At the start of 2000, Cerego was implemented at a course in the Medical Department on the anatomy on movement. Two student assistants created a large set of Cerego content based on high quality images of skeletal and muscular parts of the human body. In this class of over 300 students, about a third used Cerego regularly. From those, a significant subset was very enthousiastic and worked with the content passing the rather high retention level set at 3.0 for all content.

More recently,both the Biology and Computer Science departments hot interested in using Cerego. They are currently testing it for implementation in 2020 or 2021.

Finally, the BSc program in Archeology implemented Cerego. For the Material Science course, a large set of study materials were produced by the teachers and a student assistant. Approximately 70 students signed up for using Cerego. The course has just started.