DyKnow: Helpful instructor tips

DyKnow can be used in a variety of ways depending on your teaching style and pedagogical goals. It is most effective when it is used to actively engage the students during the class. The following is a condensed version of Dave Berque’s DyKnow Vision Teacher Tips – Full Version.

General technical tips for starting a new semester

  • Create your course before the first day of class.
  • User accounts
    • New students should set up their user account using their DePauw email username.
    • When setting up a user account, the fields without an asterisk (*) are not required and may be left blank (e.g. Student ID, etc.).
    • User accounts remain active from semester-to-semester.
  • Students must signup for a course before they can join an active session. This only needs to be done one time.
  • Additional support information is available by browsing to DyKnow: Help and Support Options.
  • Consider printing copies of the DyKnow Quick Guide for Students handout to pass out to students on the first day of class.

Students most commonly want to know how to

  • Navigate from page-to-page
  • Use synchronization
  • Annotate their work
  • Open private notes window
  • Save and retrieve work
  • Replay work
  • Print work

Clearly state your expectations early

  • Think about what you want students to be doing during class and let them know your expectations.
  • State what the students are not allowed to do during class and consider stating this in the course outline.

To prepare your notebook

  • Providing a skeleton of your class notes on DyKnow gives structure for the discussion at the same time as allowing student interactivity when they fill in the missing information.
  • Use private ink to prepare material in advance.
  • Include answer boxes, margins or other conventions to prompt students to write notes.
  • Take advantage of Undo when preparing notes out-of-session for quick corrections to notes.
  • Span two pages for problem solving – one page for you to display the problem on the screen up front and one page for the student to work out the solution on their individual desktop.
  • Progressive disclosure allows you to display answers after the students have an opportunity to think about the solution.

To avoid collisions

  • Use answer management to collect individual or group work.
  • Allow students to control the system by being a scribe for a brainstorming session or other activity.
  • Demonstrate the replay feature, so students know they can use it to review complex diagrams after class.
  • Integrate graphics, content from other programs and Web content by using the screen grab feature.

Reviewed: 1/17/2017