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"Technology can do little for people who have nothing to say." — Eric Auchard

“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”

- Robert M. Hutchins

Welcome to JiTTDLwiki!

JiTT in Print

Coming in the Spring of 2011: Chapter on Just-in-Time Teaching in Buskist, W., & Groccia, J. E. (Eds.) Evidence-based teaching. New Directions in Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (in press.)

Recently published: Simkins, S., & Maier, M. (Eds). (2009). Just-in-Time Teaching across the disciplines and across the academy. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

JiTT Extension Initiative at USAFA - Worked Examples

Traditional JiTT keeps the classroom pace going by daily warmups which inform the lesson. JiTT warmups encourage the students to examine their prior knowledge and to get informed about the upcoming topic, before coming to class. At the Air Fore Academy we are experimenting with a substantial extension of JiTT by requiring the students to actually do some preparatory studying on their own before coming to class. The technique is based on the worked-examples self-explanation approaches **.

In a nutshell, here are the main points of this approach:

•New material is introduced via carefully crafted worked examples of problems.

•Students study examples, answer questions about the examples, and prepare questions to ask in class.

•In class the examples are discussed and extended with practice workouts, underlying concepts are explained.

•After the lesson students work additional homework problems

  • Atkinson, R.K., et al. (2000) Learning from Examples: Instructional Principles from the Worked Examples Research. Review of Educational Research, 70(2), 181-214
  • Chi, M. T. H., & Bassok, M. (1989). Learning from examples via self-explanations. In L. B. Resnick (Ed.), Knowing, learning, and instruction: Essays in honor of Robert Glaser (pp. 251-282). Hillsdale NJ: Erlbaum.

JiTT as an Example of Inductive Teaching and Learning

The March/April issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching lists JiTT as one of six examples of inductive teaching and learning. An article by Michael Prince and Richard Felder compares six example of inductive teaching methods: Inquiry-based learning, Discovery learning, Problem-based learning and hybrid (problem/project-based) methods, Case-based teaching, and Just-in-time teaching.

About JiTTDLwiki

JiTTDLwiki is one of the components of the Just-in-Time Teaching Digital Library. The other two components are the library collections and the JiTT hosting site. To see how the components fit together please check out the library overview.

While the collections component of the library will be the deposit of JiTT materials and resources, JiTTDLwiki will be the place where ideas will be shared and discussed. JiTTDLwiki, a profoundly democratic forum, will make the process of building the JiTT community of practice into a vibrant community of research. We are in the process of collecting the content. Later this summer we move on to deciding on the operational details of JiTTDL; things like the submission protocols, the review process, etc

Please participate in the conversations on the wiki pages. Use the Comments&Questions page for issues regarding the structure and organization of the site. Send private comments to Gregor at