Using Clickers to Increase Student Preparation and Engagement in Learning
Brief Introduction to Clickers
- Note the kinds of transparency in administering the quiz.
- Program allows anonymous polling with instant charting.
Pedagogical Values in a Simple Quiz Use of Clickers
- Quizzing and the Tradition of "Exhortation to Read" in the Humanities
- Diagnostic Uses
- Snapshot of student preparation in real time
- Value to professors to be specific about expectations
- Motivating Better and High Levels of Reading
- "Calibrating" Reading expectations progressively
- Transparency of Reading "Saturation" (80% of class >= 80% correct)
- Decrease in Class Time spent teaching to the unread
Other Uses of Clickers
- Student Paced Mode for Exams
- Testing reading of texts not discussed in class.
- Polling & Anonymous Polling
- Integration into Class Flow. Questions based on class activities such as lecture, group work, etc.
- Automated Attendance
- "Clicking In" at public events
Discussion & Questions
Return to Technical Questions, Some additional details
- Verbal and Chalkboard Questions
- Plugging in to Blackboard or Using Native Gradebook