Bookshelf CoachMe® General Audience FAQs

Bookshelf CoachMe® General Audience FAQs

What is Bookshelf CoachMe?

Bookshelf CoachMe is a new power feature within Bookshelf® that provides students with a free study coach, including practice questions and knowledge checks, right from within Bookshelf.

Is Bookshelf CoachMe available with all Bookshelf titles?

Bookshelf CoachMe is available within thousands of Bookshelf titles.

Where can I find Bookshelf CoachMe practice questions?

You can find Bookshelf CoachMe practice questions in the margins of the etext and knowledge checks at the end of the chapter.

How are the Bookshelf CoachMe questions created?

The Bookshelf CoachMe questions are created directly from your textbook using VitalSource’s artificial intelligence technology. The Bookshelf CoachMe technology reads the textbook, picks out important content, and creates simple study questions to help you retain what you have just read. Research has shown that answering these questions as you read causes better learning.

What does it cost?

Nothing! That’s right, it’s free. Bookshelf CoachMe represents a real opportunity to help more students be measurably more successful in their learning without adding cost.

How is Bookshelf CoachMe different than a regular Bookshelf etext?

In a Bookshelf etext that has Bookshelf CoachMe, students take practice questions throughout the chapter. The practice questions are found within the margins and at the end of each chapter. As students answer the practice questions, they get immediate feedback helping them see what they know and where they need to focus.

Is Bookshelf CoachMe a test or quiz?

Bookshelf CoachMe is not a test or a quiz. In fact, Bookshelf CoachMe provides students with a low-stakes, confidence-boosting study experience. Bookshelf CoachMe practice questions aren’t graded, so students see what they know and where to focus.

Can questions be added? Edited? Deleted?

Student performance data on questions are continuously monitored using item response theory, with poorly performing questions automatically removed and replaced with better items—with no manual work required.

What is Learn-by-Doing?

Learn-by-Doing, or the Doer Effect, is a learning science principle that proves that practice has about six times the effect on learning than reading. By answering Bookshelf CoachMe practice questions, you quickly see what you already know, so you focus on what you need to learn.References:Koedinger, K., McLaughlin, E., Jia, J., & Bier, N. (2016). Is the doer effect a causal relationship? How can we tell and why it's important. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge, pp. 388–397. Campenhout, R., Johnson, B. G., & Olsen, J. A. (2021). The doer effect: Replicating findings that doing causes learning. Proceedings of eLmL 2021, The Thirteenth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning, LECILA: Learning Engineering: Courseware Instrumentation and Learning Analytics, pp. 1-6., M., Meyer, O., & Thille, C. (2008). The Open Learning Initiative: Measuring theEffectiveness of the OLI Statistics Course in Accelerating Student Learning. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.

What different types of questions are available in Bookshelf CoachMe?

There are several types available, including fill-in-the-blank, matching, free response, and multiple-choice questions available.

What if I have an issue with a question? Who do I contact?

You can flag a problematic question easily from within Bookshelf by using the thumbs up or down and by leaving a comment. Problematic questions are systematically reviewed and removed.

Are answers to Bookshelf CoachMe questions provided?

The only way for students to see the correct response to a Bookshelf CoachMe practice question or knowledge check is for them to answer the question and see if they got the correct response.

What analytics are available with Bookshelf CoachMe?

Currently data is collected and available in custom reports for institutions participating in research studies, and via the Instructor Dashboard.

Is training needed for Bookshelf CoachMe?

It’s the Bookshelf you know and love, so it is business as usual. There is no training or setup needed.


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