Adaptive and Simulation-Based Learning Made Easy: Workshop Recording

Taking PhET Simulations to the Next Level with Inspark and Argos Education 

Arizona State University's Inspark recently hosted a series of online workshops demonstrating how to incorporate PhET Simulations into adaptive lessons using our new platform, powered by Argos Education. The workshop also covered the use of the OpenSkill platform, which supports the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to easily develop active learning assignments, such as peer review, charting, and virtual tours. 

In case you missed out, below is a recording of the session. 



David Schönstein, PhD, Head of Inspark

Lucien Kahn, Inspark Product Manager

Workshop Highlights:

In this workshop we demoed PhET Simulations using the Argos platform with our CriticalChem Course. Attendees were shown and able to participate in the student experience combined with a demonstration of how the adaptive lessons were built in the platform author.

The Argos platform brings together interactive simulations, multi-selection questions, drag-and-drop, variable scoring, adaptive feedback, and more, to provide a true active learning experience for students. Argos also seamlessly integrates into all learning management systems for grade syncing and pass back.

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OpenSkill is a $3.4M Dept of Education grant-funded project initiative that consists of open education resources that can be adopted in place of traditional textbooks.

It is a partnership with the three biggest community college systems in the country (Ivy Tech, Miami Dade, Maricopa) and is expanding into a teaching network and a community of practice, including professional development. OpenSkill collaborates with the community of institutions to expand the use of high-quality courseware.

Browse our catalog with full content previews: OpenSkill textbooks.

Learn more about the OpenSkill Tools with how-to and demo videos.

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The OpenSkill Impact Grant

Join Arizona State University and partner colleges to implement high quality active learning using Open Educational Resources. Our world-leading learning design and education technology team is offering support and grants of up to $10,000. OpenSkill is supporting institutions to implement high quality OER, and grant funding, through the spring, summer, and fall of 2022.

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About the Inspark Teaching Network

The Inspark Teaching Network is a partnership between institutions of tertiary and secondary education, scientists, researchers, and education experts working to transform teaching and learning. The network has created a series of courses empowering educators to collaborate, build, and share next-generation learning experiences. The courseware harnesses the latest personalized, interactive digital learning technologies, while focusing on active learning, designed to spark a virtuous circle of student curiosity, discovery, and exploration. The Inspark Teaching Network is powered by the Smart Sparrow platform, in partnership with Arizona State University's Center for Education Through eXploration, and initially funded by a Gates Foundation grant. Learn more at