Teaching with Classroom Response Systems. Creating Active Learning Environments

  • ID: 2216874
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Teaching with Classroom Response SystemsThis innovative book offers faculty across disciplines a hands–on guide for incorporating classroom response systems into their classrooms. The use of classroom response systems, or "clickers," which enable instructors to rapidly collect and analyze student responses to questions during class, has proven to both engage students in course material and provide valuable feedback on student learning and perspectives for instructors. Derek Bruff an expert on the use of classroom response systems includes illustrative examples of the range of questions that can be used effectively with clickers, such as conceptual, procedural, critical thinking, opinion, and student experience questions. Based on the author′s seven years of experience and interviews with fifty instructors from a variety of disciplines and institutions, the book explores key strategies, ideas, and suggestions for successfully incorporating a classroom response system in a class of any size.

Praise for Teaching with Classroom Response Systems

"No other available resource on teaching with clickers rivals Bruff′s amazingly thorough treatment. Not only does he explain the many ways instructors can use them to enhance student engagement and learning, he also provides invaluable advice on writing productive multiple–choice questions (many samples provided), responding to different clicker results, and balancing clicker use with content coverage."
LINDA B. NILSON, director, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, Clemson University, and author, Teaching at Its Best and The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map

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Preface.

The Author.

1. Engaging Students with Clickers.

Generating Classwide Discussions.

Generating Small–Group Discussions.

Creating Times for Telling.

Structuring Class Time.

Making Class More Fun.

2. Assessing Students with Clickers.

Uncovering Student Learning.

Evaluating Student Learning.

3. A Taxonomy of Clicker Questions.

Content Questions.

Process Questions.

4. Teaching Choices.

Use of Class Time.

Writing Questions.

Student Response, Participation, and Grading.

Classroom Choices.

Small Classes.

5. Technical and Logistical Choices.

Technical Challenges.

Vendor Selection and Adoption.

Supporting and Promoting the Use of Clickers.

Low–Tech Options.

High–Tech Options.

6. Why Use Clickers?

Increased Student Participation.

Increased Student Engagement.

Frequent Feedback on Student Learning.

Final Suggestions.

References.

Index.

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Good teachers constantly look for ways to improve instruction. Bruff, Assistant Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, surveys how classroom response systems, commonly known as clicker technology, can improve teaching and learning.

Bruff supplements his points on engagement and assessment with a classified array of clicker questions for a variety of teaching contexts. He also provides helpful advice on teaching choices with response systems: when to grade clicker questions, how to use them for summative assessment, and how to address cheating and lack of participation. He provides additional helpful suggestions on dealing with logistical issues such as system choice and troubleshooting. Throughout, the reader benefits from the copious examples gleaned from teachers.

This book convincingly demonstrates that clicker technology allows teachers and students to adapt quickly to emerging learning needs .Bruff s work is an enthusiastic, accessible, and detailed introduction for all educators interested in this popular educational technology tool.

NACADA Journal, Issue 30(1) (Spring 2010)

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