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About the eNLVM Project
The eNLVM is an NSF funded project to develop interactive online learning
units (eModules) for 3-12 mathematics.
For more information about the eNLVM project, please email enlvm AT usu DOT edu.
eModules (Online Curriculum Units)
The interactive online curriculum units developed by the eNLVM project are
called eModules. An eModule:
- Provides materials to support 1-3 hours of instruction.
- Targets identified objectives corresponding to state and national standards.
- Includes a lesson plan describing how to use the materials.
- Provides interactive online activities for students.
- Includes an online assessment.
The eNLVM eModules draw heavily from resources in the National Library of
Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM). Some eModules also reference resources
from other websites. See Information for Resource Developers
for more information. Here is a list of planned eModules.
The following resources provide an introduction to the eNLVM:
If you are using a slow internet connection, downloads may take some time.
Information for Teachers
The eNLVM provides easy-to-use teaching tools and resources that
promote student understanding of important mathematics. Key aspects of the eNLVM
for teachers are:
- Materials are and always will be freely available online.
- Lessons utilize interactive math-rich software that students find motivating.
- Lessons target identified national and state standards.
- Materials include lesson plans for teachers.
- Materials can be used as part of presentations or with students working on computers.
- Lessons are field tested in classrooms and revised based on gathered data.
- Online student activities, delivery system, and teacher tools are easy to use.
- Lessons utilize interactive applets from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (http://nlvm.usu.edu).
- Teacher tools allow teachers to easily view student performance.
- Teachers can easily adapt materials as needed.
- Teachers can include and contextualize any resource on the web.
- Developers will work with teachers to tailor materials to their needs.
As a publicly available website, the eNLVM may be used by any teacher without
explicit consent or communication with project developers. However, we welcome
teachers who are willing to conduct field tests to gather data to evaluate and
improve eNLVM materials.
Evaluating eModules under actual classroom use is an integral part of
the eNLVM project. Field tests help developers refine the materials, generate case
studies that teachers can use to learn about eModules, and provide data for
evaluating the effectiveness and appeal of eModules.
Any teacher who is willing to field test eNLVM resources can easily do so.
We are offering free copies of the NLVM CD
to teachers who field test eModules. To conduct a field test:
- Choose an eModule to field test and set up a class for your students.
- Complete the background questionnaire provided with the eModule.
- Arrange for observers if possible.
- Use the eModule with your students.
- Ask your students to complete the post-lesson student questionnaire.
- Complete the post-lesson teacher questionnaire.
- Collect and upload observation notes.
In order for eNLVM field tests to comply with guidelines for conducting
research with human subjects, proper consent must be obtained from school
districts, principals, teachers, parents, and students. Please use the
following forms for those purposes:
- Letter to School Administrators (districts and principals) (MSWord, PDF)
- Letter to Teachers (MSWord, PDF)
- Parental Informed Consent Form (MSWord, PDF)
- Packet for Administrators and Teachers (MSWord)
Please email email@example.com before you conduct a field test and after
you have completed it. When you email, please indicate whether or not you would
like help adapting resources for your class. Please fax forms signed by school
district administrators, principals, and teachers to Joel Duffin at (435)
797-1822. Teachers should keep the signed parental informed consents.
One way we are evaluating eModules is by observing individual students work through them
(user testing). When possible, we like to record student interactions with the
eModule. One effective way to record student interactions is to use video screen
capture software. On Windows, a free tool called CamStudio is available for this
purpose. To learn how to obtain and use CamStudio, refer to our guide for
video capturing student interactions.
See additional information on eNLVM User Testing including example user test screen capture videos.
When evaluating our eModules we are looking for data that can inform us about:
- Technical robustness
- Ease of use
- Assessment validity
- Actual classroom use
- Interaction effects between teacher, student, usage, and equipment, and outcomes
For more information, please see this research questions document.
Information for Resource Developers
Some eNLVM lessons reference resources from websites other than the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.
In doing so, it is our intention to fully comply with copyright and use requirements.
Several developers of online resources have already given permission for their resources to be referenced by eNLVM lessons.
A list of websites that have given us permission to reference their resources can be found in our list of external resources.
When using external resources our approach is:
- Each page that references an external resource names the website that the resource is from and gives
the URL where it can be referenced directly.
- If allowed, resources are referenced by placing them inside of a frame. If resource owners do
not allow their resource to be included inside of a frame, we reference the resource via a link that
opens the resource in a new browser window.
- We attempt to contact resource owners with the URL that references their resource, asking them for permission
to reference it. Here is the permission request letter (PDF, DOC) that we use.
- In some cases, we have not yet heard back from the creators of the resources that we reference. When this occurs
we provide instructions on how the owner of the resource can contact us to request that we stop referencing their
resource or reference it in a different manner.
- If the owner of a resource asks us to stop referencing it, we remove the reference in a timely manner.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The eNLVM project involves mathematicians, math educators, classroom teachers,
software developers, instructional designers, and evaluators from around the
United States. Participants in the eNLVM project include:
|Becky Atkins||Utah State University|| |
|Elaine Bartley||Educational Development Center||Math Education Technology Specialist|
|Andres Bastidas||Utah State University||Spanish Translator|
|Gary Bitter||Arizona State University||External Evaluator|
|Val Brown||Edward Little High||Math Teacher|
|Pam Buffington||Educational Development Center||Math Education Technology Specialist, Team Leader|
|SuAnn Burton|| ||Math Teacher|
|Jim Cangelosi||Utah State University||Secondary Math Educator, Internal Evaluator, Team Leader|
|Larry Cannon||Utah State University||Mathematician|
|Tawnya Carlson||Utah State University|| |
|Denise Chandler||Utah State University||Graphic Designer|
|Collette Childs||Utah State University|| |
|Jim Dorward||Utah State University||Elementary Math Educator, Internal Evaluator, Team Leader|
|Joel Duffin||Utah State University||Project Director|
|Leo Edwards||Elizabeth State College, NC||Math Educator, Team Leader|
|Dan Erickson||Utah State University||Programmer|
|Mike Farnsworth||Utah State University||Programmer|
|Alejandro Garcia||Utah State University||Programmer|
|Liz Hart||Utah State University||Programmer|
|Sam Hart||Auburn Middle||Math Teacher|
|Bob Heal||Utah State University||Mathematician|
|Deborah Hillman||Auburn Middle||Math Teacher|
|Sara Hummel||Utah State University|| |
|Connie Irland||Edward Little High||Math Teacher|
|Jennifer Jorgensen||Utah State University||Instructional Designer|
|Randy Lattimore||University of North Carolina at Wilmington||Math Educator|
|Neal Legler||Utah State University||Instructional Designer|
|VeeDawn Olsen||Summit Elementary||Math Teacher|
|Mako O-Connell||Auburn Middle||Math Teacher|
|Brian Palmer||Utah State University||Programmer|
|Ana Paniagua||Utah State University||Spanish Translator|
|Nate Pelletier||Edward Little High||Math Teacher|
|Karen Perry|| ||Math Teacher|
|Troy Pugmire||Summit Elementary||Math Teacher|
|Dianna Scofield|| ||Technical Writer|
|Dan Scofield||Utah State University||Programmer|
|Mary Setchell||Auburn Middle||Math Teacher|
|Sharyle Shaffer||Summit Elementary||Math Teacher|
|Mary Shepherd||Utah State University|| |
|Pamela-Moses Snipes||Winston-Salem State University||Math Educator|
|Vincent Snipes||Winston-Salem State University||Math Educator|
|Denise Terry||University of North Carolina at Wilmington||Math Educator|
|Lisa Whitman||Edward Little High||Math Teacher|
|Vicmary Villaman||Utah State University||Spanish Translator|