Every day at MIT, students and faculty alike use thousands of documents. Professors share course notes with students, students turn in assignments to professors for feedback, and both prepare articles and papers for publication. However, without collaboration between readers and authors, the documents are not improved, despite their heavy use.
On the class level, many professors currently have high-quality notes, however they are disconnected from the classroom in that students’ course note-reading experience does not directly impact what is discussed in lecture. A professor rarely knows if his students have read the notes or with which sections they may have struggled. Similarly, the professor does not necessarily know which parts of the lecture were confusing.
With Bookxor, we set out to provide professors with analytic and feedback tools to better understand how students learn outside of the classroom, while also providing students with tools for collaboration with each other, and further instructor interaction.