Technological aids are nothing new in contemporary college classrooms, but multifunction tools that save precious class time and incorporate social media features are always welcome. Dr. Hien Nguyen, who teaches computer science at West Campus, has developed a system that provides dynamic classroom learning experiences. His DynaFlip teaching and learning invention allows students to log into their class portal from computers, tablets or smartphones and access class notes, readings, supplementary information and more. Real-time discussion boards enable students to peer mentor each other with assignments, but they can also access a knowledge base of student comments going back years. In the classroom, professors can take attendance in just one minute, no matter how many students are in class. Dr. Hien Nguyen, center, uses DynaFlip to connect with students like Carlos Julio Castillejos and Carla Andreina Mariani. “This is a unique feature of DynaFlip,” Nguyen said. “It’s proven not just to save time, but it also increases the retention rate of students.” Most importantly, DynaFlip improves the student learning experience. Professors can use the IntelliPoll feature to rapidly assess class comprehension of new material. Students can communicate questions and concerns instantly, and student engagement is increased through communication and audio-visual features. Nguyen has funded DynaFlip on his own, leasing it to MDC classes free of charge. It is currently being used by more than 3,000 students across several MDC campuses. “DynaFlip puts the student first,” Nguyen. “The student responses and evaluations have been very positive, and that is the most important endorsement I could ask for.”
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