A. Instruction - 7.3
B. Design - 9.3
C. Engagement - 8
Seeka: Global Course Finder - Researching Universities Has Never Been Easier
Summary : Learn about universities and college courses across the world!
Seeka: Global Course Finder allows users to search for college-level courses across the world. After launching the app, users must create a profile to login, which requires their name, email, and password, or they can login using Facebook or Google Plus. Once users login, they will be presented with four options on the bottom of the screen.
The “Home” button is Seeka’s newsfeed, and users can scroll the articles’ headlines to learn about admissions processes for universities, internship opportunities, and lifestyle advice, among other topics. When users find an article of interest, they can tap the headline to access the full text.
Next, the “Search” button allows users to locate classes by course or institution. To do so, users must click the “By Course” or “By Institution” option on the top of the screen, and then select the location, level, and/or faculty along with keywords followed by the “Search” button. The app will then search its database and report courses/institutions that align to the search. Users can then learn more about the course/institution by tapping its name/title.
“Courses” is the third option, and it bookmarks courses that were clicked on by the users while browsing. Users can click the three dots on the top right of the screen in this menu to access the currency converter to learn about cost, modify settings so they are notified of changes to the course offering, and report inaccurate information.
Finally, the “Menu” option lets users compare multiple courses they selected, access information about a country where a course/institution is located, and get help. Plus, users can see their credits earned and purchase history.
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Instructional Ideas for Seeka: Global Course Finder
- When students are interested in a specific career, teachers can have students use this app to find courses related to that career and preview them. Next, teachers can have students report about the courses by outlining what topics they think they will learn in the course, ways to prepare themselves to be successful in the course, and information about the institution offering the course. That way, if students do choose to pursue that career opportunity, they will have quality information about what to expect before enrolling in the course.
- Students can tap the newsfeed from the “Home” menu option and browse the articles’ headlines. When students come to an article of interest, they can read the article and write a summary of it, which they can submit to their teacher. In addition, students can share the information they learned about in the article as part of a small group activity.
- When planning their education in a different country, students can use the “Currency Converter” tool located under the “Courses” option to estimate how much it will cost to enroll in the course and/or complete the degree. Students can then report those findings as part of a larger report about their education planning.
- When thinking about career opportunities and college education, teachers can have students use the “Search” option to browse courses and institutions that may be of interest. Teachers can require students to keep a log of the courses/institutions of interest, so they can reference them later.
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|A7. Cooperative Learning|
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|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
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|B4. Ease of Use|
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|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|