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Widgets

Introduction

Widgets are graphical tools that can be imbedded into a Learning Management System or course website.

For some students with cognitive disabilities, particularly those with short-term memory issues, the opportunity to have a graphical reminder each time they log into a course website assists with timely assignment completion and submission.

 

Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Widgets.

 

Instructions on How to Use Widgets

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Widgets.

Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use Widgets.


Demo: Create a Countdown Widget

Demo: Install Widget on Course Site

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Widgets

No specific hardware or software is required to use free Widgets. The software does not require a download to your computer.

 

Go to www.widgetbox.com to create and install a Widget.

 

Picture of the Widgetbox home page.

Reviews

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available. 

 

e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. A relatively easy way to remind students of due dates is to create a widget. The process is largely automated. The visual nature of the reminder is also particularly helpful to students.

 

Student e-Tool Review Results

Number of students who took the survey: 9

Number of students with learning disabilities who took the survey: 0

1. The tool was easy to use.

Picture of the result -13% of student reviewers strongly agreed that this e-tool was easy to use. 75% of student reviewers agreed that this e-tool was easy to use. 13% of student reviewers felt unsure this e-tool was easy to use. 

2. The tool assisted me with the following: (Select all that apply)

 Picture of result o-100% of student reviewers used this e-tool to understand course requirements.  14% of student reviewers used this e-tool to reduce physical demands and to allow maximum attention to learning.  14% of student reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with their instructor.

3. Please comment on the benefits of using the tool in the course.

  • Nice to see when assignment is due.
  • Kept me reminded of the assignment due dates.
  • I liked the countdown, it is good against procrastination.
  • It served as a reminder of due dates.

4. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the tool.


  • It was stressful to see sometimes because it was the first thing you saw when you went on to the course management software page.
  • The time widget was a distraction and made me nervous when logging onto Husky site.
  • Made me a little nervous watching the time pass!
  • I found the time counter added to my stress.
  • Usually a bell and whistle type deal, nothing I would do if I didn't have to.
  • Sometimes was bulky or in the way.