As students, we've been in classes, especially large ones, where the professors have had a hard time gauging student's comfortability and managing the entire lecture. We figured a tool that allows professors to gauge where a class is in realtime would solve this problem.
What it does
LectureHall allows students to post in realtime how their understanding of the subject currently being taught is. These results are aggregated from all students enrolled and are shown to the professor. In addition, LectureHall manages the lecture by allowing the professor to push questions to all students, allowing students to ask questions to the professor and allowing students to check into the class for attendance. Finally, all of this student data is displayed beautifully in a graph-based web interface for the professor to see.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
The network at the Hackathon made testing realtime integration and data synching very difficult since the bandwidth required wasn't there. The Ionic 2 framework is a fairly new version of the Ionic framework. To challenge ourselves and learn the newly updated framework, we decided to develop using Ionic 2 rather than Ionic 1.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are most proud of our realtime data visualizations. On our platform, someone across the world can wirelessly adjust a value with our app, and our data visuals, line graphs, bar charts, and more adjust while values are being updated in realtime, instantly. We're incredibly proud of how fast and fluent our visualizations show what is happening in realtime.
What we learned
What's next for LectureHall
One of our group members, Tim Johnson, is a TA and we plan to continue beta-testing this program in his discussion sessions with over 100 students for CS 162 at UCI. We hope to bring LectureHall to a point where it can be demonstrated to UCI faculty and administration for adoption into UCI classrooms. If all goes well, we plan to develop, market, and eventually sell our platform to campuses around the world and establish LectureHall.