Our series, A Bite of Learning, is intended to foster innovation. In October 2010, Ryan Muller ’11 and Neal Pisenti ’11, approached us about doing a presentation on a project they’d been working on. It was Learnstream, an application for creating lecture notes around YouTube video content. Their pilot version was built around Francis Su’s Real Analysis Class. This was one of our more popular Bite of Learning presentations.
You can see how the current version of Learnstream works at beta.learnstream.org
Since then, Ryan and Neal have been working very hard on the project and CIS has been supporting them where we can. Together Ryan, Neal and I applied for an Educause Next Generation Learning Challenges grant, although we were disappointed in that effort. Working with Jeff Burkett ’11 and Chandler May ’11, they added social networking features to the application over winter break. They showed Learnstream to Bill Gates when he was here, and he found it “stimulating”.
As soon as Commencement is over, they will be working hard on a rewrite of the application and on developing content for material to support high school students who are preparing for the AP Physics C exam. This work will be funded by a Shanahan grant and CIS funds.