Uses and Benefits
Experience shows that the use of clickers transforms the classroom, mostly in very positive ways. Student involvement increases. Students are suddenly active participants in class, not merely passive listeners to a lecture.
Planning your use
Clickers work in-class with multiple-choice questions, and effective questions engage students in higher-level learning throughout a class session. Consider what questions might work well and when to present them. In addition to taking basic attendance, Clicker exercises can help:
- Quiz student knowledge and opinions at the beginning of a class
- Quiz (or re-test) student knowledge and opinions after learning activities
- Support peer instruction, wherein students discuss answers they gave to a question
- Find gaps in a class's understanding of course material
- Quiz students after a class
Simon Lancaster's Keynote from Sheffield Hallam University's Learning & Teaching Conference 2015.
Prof. Simon Lancaster's keynote will chart progression from courses with rushed superficial interaction with a select few students to almost total engagement with conceptual problems. Simon practices what he preaches! However, ultimately the key is not technology but pedagogy and participants experience how peer instruction allows us to pose much more challenging conceptual questions of ourselves and our students. Simon advocates partnering students to move beyond flipping transmission and constructivism to flip ownership of the learning experience.
A quick look inside Eric Mazur's class using peer instruction and clicker questions to help the students understand scientific concepts.