Lori Pollock, Computer & Information Science
Sandy McVey, IT Academic Technology Services
Leveraging a simple tool like clickers for maximum impact requires crafting effective questions. Because every clicker response is related to a particular remote's ID, there's no reason to waste precious class time asking a question like, "Are you here today?" It may seem challenging to write meaningful multiple-choice questions, but there are proven methods that can be modified for your class. Many faculty award points to motivate student interaction, but their scoring schemes vary. Strategies that anticipate absences or forgotten clickers eliminate grading stress and increase the value of this technology by shifting the focus from performance to active participation.
Issues that may be addressed:
- How can I create high-value questions?
- Should I give credit for participation, performance, or both?
- Is there value to anonymous questions?
- How can an "on-the-fly" question improve communication?
- How can I massage clicker grades?
Join the January 25th webinar hosted by Roger Freedman from anywhere or watch with other faculty in the ATS consulting space in East Hall: Clickers in the Classroom: Pedagogical Best Practices
- Faculty excerpts from, "Improving Student Engagement in Lectures with Clickers," event.
- The i>clicker story, Timothy Stelzer, Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Keeping the poll open, Phil Duker, Music, UD
- Digital engagement tools, Bob Keller, Physics, UD
- Clarifying the muddiest points, Inci Ruzybayev, Physics, UD
- Peer evaluation, Terry Harvey, Computer & Information Sciences, UD
- Proof that peer instruction works, Pat Walsh, Biological Sciences, UD
- Accumulated clicker score replaces lowest quiz grade, Carolyn Manning, Behavioral Health & Nutrition, UD
- Publishers provide relevant clicker question banks, Steve Saling, MacMillan Higher Education. Bedford, Freeman & Worth Group.
- Limited to the University of Delaware Community: complete session recording.
- Using Clickers in SOC 119, Penn State's Sam Richards shares an excerpt from his class showcasing an exemplary technique to promote thoughtful responses.
- Educational Clicker Videos from the University of Colorado
- The entire series is very good, but this one is especially relevant to this discussion: The Research. Do clickers help students learn?
- Chronical of Higher Education Tech Therapy, Episode 90: Growing Pains for 'Clickers'
Readings: PDFs available online
- Writing Good Clicker Questions, Rick Reis, Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning
- An instructor's guide to the effective use of personal response systems ("clickers") in teaching, Carl Weisman Science Education Initiative, University of British Columbia
- CWSEI provides a vibrant resource.
- Clickers in the Classroom: Transforming Students to Active Learners (available to EDUCAUSE members)Books: available from the ATS lending library PDFs available online
- Clickers in Action: Increasing Student Participation in General Chemistry, Margaret Asirvatham
- Teaching with Classroom Response Systems, Derek Bruff
- Clickers in the Classroom, Douglas Duncan
- Clickers in the Astronomy Classroom, Douglas DuncanWhat's next?
- Updated Mac software now available resolves issues with Lion OS and improved communication with Sakai to only display "Published" courses.