Peer Instruction

Peer instruction is an instructional strategy that engages students in the learning process during lectures. It allows faculty to easily transform a lecture into an active learning environment. 

The lectures revolve around a couple of questions targeting key concepts that are known to be challenging to students. This strategy is even more effective when paired with Just-in-Time Teaching, the other instructional practice targeted in our other workshop.

You can find the workshop schedule, a description of the practice from the developer of peer instruction, Eric Mazur, and the book that will be used in the workshop below.

Here are some testimonies from past participants about the Peer Instruction workshop:

"I've already been using clicker questions for some years, and this workshop helped me to understand how to use them more effectively."

"I have not used clicker systems before because I was afraid that technological problems would be severe. This workshop disabused me of this notion."

"It was extremely pleasing to note that there are more instructors at UNL (i.e., the other course participants) who run into similar problems as I do. Exchanging experiences turned out to be valuable. I also read the papers that Dr. Kevin Lee handed out with interest, papers that interest me but that I never could have identified myself. The text "Teaching with Classroom Response Systems" by Bruff was an interesting read, and it was very helpful to hear Kevin's comments on this book and his assessment of its findings. Also, the discussion of the various styles/formats of questions was very informative, such as, for instance, the use of Venn diagrams."

Workshop Schedule

Introduction to Peer Instruction by Eric Mazur

Peer Instruction explained by Eric Mazur

Book for Workshop 

Participants during sessions provided by Dr. Trisha Vickrey