IDRgeneralization: Music Appreciation
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When instructors teach courses, they break up the material into components. The students need to fully understand these components in order to understand the entire course. This concept led Uma Murthy to create the SuperIDR. The SuperIDR is a tool that was formatted for Wildlife Sciences. It allows users to search for a species of fish, annotate selected parts of the fish, and compare annotations of two different species of fish. This tool improved students’ in Wildlife Sciences ability to learn. We sought to generalize the SuperIDR for other disciplines in order to improve more students' learning experiences. The discipline we focused on was Music Appreciation. There are many components to Music Appreciation: scores, audio, and historical context. To ensure that students have a grasp on all of Music Appreciation’s components, we enhanced the annotations feature and added a feature to handle audio files. The annotations feature now handles different types of annotations, and the “Song Details Form” has the ability to play an audio file. The rest of SuperIDR’s features remain the same, but have been augmented to handle time periods, composers, and songs as opposed to families of fish, genuses of fish, and species of fish.