EFFECTIVE USE OF CLICKERS IN THE CLASSROOM


Stephanie Chasteen, Science Teaching Fellow, Physics


Clickers can make teaching more effective and fun, but how does a teacher best use clickers in the class? What is a “good” clicker question?  What is the right number of questions to ask? How do we avoid confusing the class if they give me the wrong answer?  In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore research-based tips and ideas for questioning in a way that allow us to achieve student engagement and deep learning. We will focus on the use of “peer instruction” – the practice of requiring students to discuss their answers to challenging questions with one another. We’ll compare example questions, discuss common challenges, and share tips on getting students to productively argue and reason through the questions, and ways to encourage all students to speak up in response to questions. 

A representative from OIT will give a short presentation about the technical aspects of clicker setup and facilitation at the end of the workshop and will be available to answer questions until 5:00 pm.

The FTEP Symposia are designed and provided for our instructional faculty members. Participation in FTEP Workshops and Symposias is open to Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Instructors, Senior Instructors and Scholars-in-Residence, as per your official HR Job Class. If you plan to participate in a symposium conducted by a presenter whose college is different from your own, please be prepared to adapt the recommended teaching tools to the needs of your own discipline.

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2:30-4:30 pm

 

This event will be held in ATLAS 200

 

To register, please contact: Stephanie.Chasteen@colorado.edu

This is part of a workshop series aimed at helping instructors consider new teaching approaches for the Fall. See the other workshops on clickers and learning goals at http://www.colorado.edu/ftep/events/schedule.html.

 

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