Thursday, April 10: GettingĀ more and better student responses in classes

As teaching methods under the heading of 'active learning' gain popularity as a means for getting greater student engagement in class, there has been increased interest in how to get wider student participation and obtaining better feedback in real time in class.

New technologies, both hardware and software, can greatly help. There are different types of devices known as 'clickers' that are popular (currently faculty at CWRU use two systems: Turning Technologies and iClicker) but there are other options such as using cell phones. There are also software solutions such as Poll Anywhere, Google Forms (a wireless option built into our lecture capture system), and Lecture Tools.

At the next UCITE session, Dr. Tina Oestreich and Dr. Mike Kenney of Information Technology Services will provide a basic introduction on the use of clickers, followed by interactive demonstrations and a listing of pros and cons for the various systems that are available.

Please join us for this discussion from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).

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