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New ways of teaching & learning: Actionbound at the university

The university in all its shapes and colors is quite complex and multifaceted. For first-year students in particular, both the building itself and the whole surrounding area can seem very overwhelming and intimidating. This is exactly where Actionbound comes in: Just in time for the start of the semester, there are tips and tricks on everyday university life and how to use Actionbound.

The interactive campus tour

Where is the cafeteria? Where can I borrow books? Where can I find the Unicafé and where is the Audimax? You can tell that the semester is starting again by the small groups of first-year students walking across campus and being guided from one station to the next. But not all students have time on the scheduled day or take longer to find certain places on the sprawling campus. Many universities are already using Actionbound to make the start of the semester more interactive and time independent.

Fun and games can be used to interactively explore the campus. Unlike a guided tour, the locations are discovered by the students themselves. Actionbound tours can of course also be created for groups. This is ideal for student councils, for example, or for rallies on campus.

Here are a few selected examples of campus tours with Actionbound:

  • Click through the Campus Tour of the South Australian Institute of Business & Technology (SAIBT). Campus Tour SAIBT

  • The Technical University of Munich offers a tour of the campus in Garching. There is a lot to discover in this area. Campus Tour TUM

  • The Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences in Hesse also developed a tour for English-speaking students. Click here to check it out.

Scientific papers, seminars and co.

You are preparing a seminar paper or your thesis and you are still missing the whole part with the surveys? No problem. Actionbound can help here, too. You can easily insert your surveys into our software and your testers can start the bound via QR code. You can view the results on your account and easily integrate them into your work.

Bounds can also be used for presentations or group work. You want to introduce to a new theme or convey content in a playful way, then just try to build a Bound. It's super easy and fun on top of that. Bounds can also be designed explicitly for groups and do not necessarily have to be location-dependent. You can also create location-independent bounds. Just give it a try!

Some scientific articles on the Actionbound learning method have already been published. A list of the articles can be found here: https://de.actionbound.com/references.

Create your everyday life with Actionbound

Studying does not always mean sitting in seminars and looking for books in the library. For most students, it is the first time in their own flat or shared flat, or alone in a new city. Have you ever thought about bounds that might add value to your free time? How about a flat-rate Bound? Elements in the Bound-Creator can be assigned with switches. These are then played, for example, on different days of the week. Who has to clean the bathroom and the kitchen when? Who lives in your flat anyway? The boring flat cleaning plan was yesterday - with Actionbound you can make it more digital and much more fun. Or how about a pub quiz or city tours especially for students? Or weekend trips with the circle of friends or or or.

Actionbound fits perfectly into the university context. Have you ever built or played a Bound specifically in this theme area?

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Homeschooling with Actionbound: Tips and Tricks

Want to give your students the chance to learn from home? Or you want to try using digital and interactive media to enrich the experience of learning from home. Here are some tips for using Actionbound to complement homeschooling.

 

Introducing New Topics

It can be hard to get students excited about a new topic, especially when homeschooling. An emotional response to a topic can often help get students excited. But how can you create that kind of excitement? Short, entertaining games are often especially good. With gamification– the combination of educational materials and parts of a game– information can be transmitted in a fun and creative manner.

At the beginning of a new topic, you can prepare a Bound for your students. You can awaken their interest using quizzes and creative tasks, then use multimedia tasks and quizzes to deepen their understanding. Students can simply play the Bounds from home. Since smartphones are everywhere, this is an easy way to get students started

Assessment

You can also use Actionbound to get a sense of where how your students are doing with the material. You can find out how much they know already or, if you’re midway through a topic, you can test how much they know and are likely to retain. A Bound is also an ideal way to reinforce materials that have already been taught– and without reinforcement, the best pedagogy often comes to naught. Neural pathways have to be reinforced so that information can be retained over the long run. You can use a short quiz Bound to get a quick and easy sense for how your students are doing. Education assessment at a distance– Actionbound makes it easy.

Let students make their own Bounds

Your students needn’t just be passive consumers of information. They can be makers, too. Using our Instant Account feature (automatically included with teacher and educational accounts), you can make accounts for individual students, while retaining control of the material they produce. Students can create Bounds for one another and become their own teachers! After all, we always learn the most, when we help others to learn. Instead of asking them to give a presentation, try asking students to develop Bounds, in which the students themselves can determine the topics and experiment with different pedagogical methods.

Students can easily use their own photos and video. Bounds can also be created collaboratively, making them perfect for (socially-distanced) group projects. Individual Bound elements can be combined into a unified whole, without students needing to meet in person. A Bound can easily be created with the help of a video chat. Or the tasks can be divided up ahead of time, so that each student can contribute one part of a Bound that the teacher will manage.

Flipped Classroom

Turn your teaching on its head! Instead of introducing new material in class and then applying it in the homework, do it the other way around– with Actionbound! Let your students get comfortable with new material using a Bound, which can then be played and discussed in class.

You and your students can create simple Bounds right away that you can play immediately. Our tip: Let your students choose their own topic (e.g. their favorite band or the neigborhood where they live) for their first Bound. That way, they’ll get comfortable with the software before they move on to other projects. The older your students, the more ambitious the projects they can complete. For more complex projects, a detailed introduction to the software and its capabilities is advantageous.

Take a look at our educational licenses . Before you choose a license, you’re welcome to try our Bound Creator for free for 14-days.

Actionbound Free for Teachers

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No schools. No day care. No office, and lots of social isolation. We’re all facing enormous personal and societal challenges at the moment. Fortunately, the internet helps us stay in touch. It even helps us learn at a distance! Actionbound is trying to support instruction at home with free access for teachers until the end of April.

Free Actionbound Account for Distance Learning

In this time of school closing and major disruptions in public life, sticking together and turning to the internet is the name of the game. That’s why Actionbound is offering both students and teachers free accounts for use in distance education. #passiton
Use Actionbound without limitations until the end of April
In addition to the full version of Actionbound, you’ll get access to Instant Accounts, an additional feature that helps students to work with the program while maintaining compliance with the EU’s regulations concerning privacy. You’ll also be able to use SCORM interfaces to integrate Bounds into your LMS.

With Actionbound, creating digital, game-like scavenger hunts or quiz games is child’s play. These “Bounds” can then be played by students using the Actionbound app. You can create Bounds to your own specifications and to meet the demands of your instruction. You can include many different elements, including quizzes, tasks, media such as videos and audio files, and much more. You don’t need to know anything about programming– in fact, the Bound Creator on our website has been recognized for its ease of use more than once.

Gamification can make learning fun. It can also help take our minds off our troubles and cares. Let your students play together, even when they’re far apart! For your Bounds, you’ll always receive an overview of the results, which you can process as you see fit. Start a Bound Challenge. You can find out how here.

Right now, solidarity is the name of the game. Thanks to the Bound sharing function, you can share your Bounds with other licensed users. They can then customize the content to their needs. So if you’ve created a great Bound on a particular subject, why not share it with your colleagues! You can post your Bounds to our forum, where your colleagues can play them and maybe even make a copy.

Your students can also create their own Bounds. Our school and teacher’s licenses include Instant Accounts, which can be used to protect your students’ privacy (in accordance with GDPR), without forcing your students to register for an account. Moreover, you’ll have complete control over their Bounds.

To make it easier for you to get started have a look at our Step by Step Guide