Using Clickers to Increase Student Preparation and Engagement in Learning

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Brief Introduction to Clickers

  • Devices, software, registration.
  • Features of a clicker session. Screen Captures
  • Output of scores to blackboard, gradebook, or excel.
  • Questions and correct answers are synced to einstruction student account.
  • Clicker technology automates everything about discrete item evaluation except the writing of the item (question).

Effects of Clickers on Pedagogical Practice

  • Motivating Better and Higher Levels of Reading
  • Significant increase in reading preparation..
  • Consistent use of clickers to assess reading preparation allows for progressive calibration of reading expectations.
  • The immediate transparency of student performance in a clicker session allows allows the faculty to adjust instruction in real time and helps students identify areas of common confusion.
  • Looking at Reading Behavior in Social Context (comment)
  • Other Effects
  • Clicker question writing encourages focus on student appropriation of information
  • Decreases class time spent teaching to The Unread
  • Facilitates accountability for reading material not discussed in class.
  • Decreases lateness when questions occur at the start of class.
  • Students enjoy positive feedback or get useful negative feedback from immediately revealed answers and response patterns.
  • Repeating questions reinforces cumulative learning.

Other Uses of Clickers

  • Student Paced Mode for Exams
  • Polling & Anonymous Polling
  • Integration into Class Flow to increase engagement. 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