SUCCESS STORY

North Central Illinois Finishing Trades Institute

“Every good instructor wants to have more engaged students and improve learning and delivery. Incorporating technology during your class gives you real-time results.”
Steve Lefaver
Director of Training
NCIFTI
Customer
About
The North Central Illinois Finishing Trades Institute (NCIFTI) empowers craftspersons through education and skills training to prepare them for continuous employment in the unionized finishing trades. It provides a well-rounded program of apprenticeship and refresher for persons desiring to be painters and decorators as a subordinate organization under the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
MARKET
Education
Echosystem Solution
ExamView and PointSolutions

Driving Universal Participation in the Classroom

Instructors typically rely on students asking questions to monitor their engagement in class, but quiet learners may hesitate to share their opinions or reach out for help. To drive engagement during class, NCIFTI instructors encourage student participation using PointSolutions technology. NCIFTI also builds fair exams using ExamView and administers them during class meetings, giving instructors real-time feedback on which concepts are understood and any topics that might need to be reviewed again.

Instructors typically rely on students asking questions to monitor their engagement in class, but quiet learners may hesitate to share their opinions or reach out for help. To drive engagement during class, NCIFTI instructors encourage student participation using PointSolutions technology. NCIFTI also builds fair exams using ExamView and administers them during class meetings, giving instructors real-time feedback on which concepts are understood and any topics that might need to be reviewed again.

Echo360's e3 Formula in Action

Polling software frequently limits how an audience interacts with questions. PointSolutions allows NCIFTI students to use clickers, web browsers, and even mobile devices to interact on their terms.

Equity

NCIFTI instructors rely on ExamView to automatically generate up to 26 versions of a test, promoting equity for all test-takers while minimizing the temptation to cheat. Similarly, NCIFTI instructors use PointSolutions to keep track of their students’ performance throughout the course. Students needing assistance can be identified and helped before they fall too far behind.

Engagement

Different people learn at different rates, and NCIFTI instructors use PointSolutions to track student engagement in real time. If the entire class understands a concept, the instructor knows they can move on to something else. If polls indicate widespread confusion, instructors know that they need to spend more time on the subject. PointSolutions also adds interactivity to live class meetings to make participating in lessons more fun.

Evidence

NCIFTI instructors use PointSolutions to collect data on all students. Quiet learners may assume that they are the only ones struggling with a particular concept, but class-wide polls often reveal that many of their peers could use assistance as well.

3 Key Takeaways

Real-Time Data is Huge

PointSolutions allows NCIFTI instructors to monitor individual and class performance over time, letting instructors know that students need help before it’s too late to get them back on track. Instructors can also get real-time engagement scores to let them know when the group is ready for the next topic.

Data Visualization Tools

Data is only as good as the story it tells, and ExamView includes built-in tracking tools to make information easier to digest. PointSolutions also simplifies following learner performance with data visualization tools that illustrate key trends.

Accessibility is King

Ease of use is essential for any organization looking for widespread adoption of new technology, and both ExamView and PointSolutions are designed with end users in mind. Whether it’s an NCIFTI instructor easily creating exams using ExamView’s question bank or a student using PointSolutions to answer live poll questions with the device of their choice, the entire experience is seamless.
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