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