Clicker and Learning Goal Workshops

»We give periodic workshops on clicker use and learning goals, which can be found on our Calendar of Events

»Want to have us speak at your conference or school? Email us at stephanie.chasteen@colorado.edu.

»Want to use our materials for your own workshops? Visit our workshop materials page.

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Workshop Types

We offer four main workshops. Materials from our most recent versions of these workshops are given below.

Make Clickers Work for You: Effective Facilitation Techniques

Questioning is a central part of student assessment and quizzing, but it can also be a powerful learning tool. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore research-based tips and ideas for achieving the full benefit of questioning. Effective use of clickers will be discussed as a means to achieve student engagement and deep learning. How does a teacher use questioning effectively?  What is the right number of questions to ask?  How do we avoid just giving students the answer?  How do we avoid embarrassing our students, or 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 the full benefit of questioning –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.

Writing Great Clicker Questions

Questioning is a central part of assessment and quizzing, but it can also be a powerful learning tool. How does a teacher use questioning effectively?  How do we avoid asking questions that are too simple, too hard, too similar, or just not focused on the right thing?  This workshop will focus on writing those questions that engage students, spark their curiosity, help recap material, give you insight into their thinking, or help them learn critical ideas from the discipline.  Learn about different types of questions for different parts of the learning cycle, as well as the surprising power of multiple-choice questions to achieve critical thinking skills.

Teaching Faculty about Effective Clicker Use

What are the proven techniques for effective use of clickers and how do you, as a faculty professional development facilitator, help faculty to achieve those best-practices? This workshop uses research on effective use of clickers, as well as research on common faculty questions and challenges, to suggest helpful approaches to planning faculty professional development for clicker use.

What Do You Want Them To Learn Today? Learning Goals and Formative Assessment

Students don’t always learn what it is that we intend to teach them. In several science departments, faculty are addressing this gap by collaboratively deciding on just what it is that they want students to take away from a particular course or lecture. These learning goals have been valuable as a communication tool among faculty and between faculty and students so that everybody knows what the outcomes of the course are meant to be. Once these goals are written, it’s also much easier to write exams and other assessments. But writing clear learning goals takes some practice. In this interactive workshop, you’ll get that practice – in defining goals and designing assessments that address those goals. You will work in groups with faculty from similar disciplines to generate and analyze goals and questions, and will discus how to put ongoing assessment of your students into practice. You are encouraged to work on a class you are currently teaching, so you can apply the techniques immediately.

 

List of Workshops (Clickers and Learning Goals)

 

  Videos of two of our workshops are available on iTunes U: Writing Great Clicker Questions and Make Clickers Work for You: Effective Facilitation of Clickers. Click here. Will open in iTunes.

August 12 - 16th, 2013

Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

We offered a series of workshops to help faculty prepare their courses. Here is the event flyer. Handouts and slides are available as a zip for each course, or download all.

  1. Learning goals and formative assessment zip
  2. Are clickers right for you? zip
  3. Effective use of clickers zip
  4. Writing great clicker questions zip
  5. Setting up clickers for your class. pdf
Download zip files from column to the left, or download all materials.

February 13, 2013

Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

What do you want them to learn today? Learning goals and formative assessment. Stephanie Chasteen and Kathy Perkins

February 6th, 2013

Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

Facilitating Clickers Effectively. Stephanie Chasteen and Jenny Knight

August 16th

Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

Make Clickers work for you: Facilitation and Question Writing

The same presentation on clicker facilitation and question-writing as at COLTT

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August 9, 2012

i>clicker webinars

Teaching Faculty about Effective Use of Clickers

A one-hour webinar for i>clicker for faculty developers, highlighting effective professional development practices for teaching faculty workshops on clicker use.

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August 1, 2012

Colorado Learning about Teaching with Technology (COLTT) conference

Make Clickers work for you: Facilitation and Question Writing

This two hour workshop gave an introduction to clickers and peer instruction, as well as tips for effective facilitation and question writing.

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April 10, 2012

For the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at CU-Boulder

Engaging Students with Clickers "Best Practices". Stephanie Chasteen and Dustin Jensen (i>clicker).

This short workshop discussed why one might want to use clickers in the class, and how to achieve the best results.

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March 8, 2012

FTEP, CU-Boulder

Writing Great Clicker Questions (Doug Duncan and Stephanie Chasteen)

This workshop covered techniques for writing engaging questions for use with clickers.

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March 15, 2012

FTEP, CU-Boulder

 

Make Clickers Work for You (Stephanie Chasteen and Steven Pollock)

This workshop covered effective facilitation techniques for clicker use

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October 10, 2011

CIRTL Forum, Madison WI

iClicker
The Gentle Art of Questioning:  Clickers and other tech tools for student engagement
Stephanie Chasteen

Presentation Slides

Handouts

Example Question Sets


October 4, 2011
at 1pm EST

iClicker
Teaching Faculty about Effective Clicker Use
Stephanie Chasteen

This webinar will cover best practices in helping faculty to use clickers to enhance their teaching.
Presentation Slides

Handouts

Recording HERE.

August 25 & 26, 2011

Sheridan County School District, Sheridan WA
Workshop 1
The Gentle Art of Questioning 1:  Writing great questions

 

Workshop 2
The Gentle Art of Questioning 2:  Making it work in your class

ZIP folder of handouts for Workshop 1

ZIP folder of handouts for Workshop 2
April 4, 2011

North Carolina A&T State University
The Nuts & Bolts of Clickers
Stephanie Chasteen


Nuts and Bolts of Clickers

ZIP folder of Handouts

March, 2011

National Science Teachers Association, San Francisco CA
Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen

A 1-hour workshop on using clickers effectively to promote student engagement.
Make Clickers Work for You

ZIP folder of handouts

February 16, 2011
at 1pm EST

iClicker
Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen

A free interactive webinar on effective use of clickers at the college level. All disciplines.

Make Clickers Work for You

ZIP folder of handouts


To view the recording of the webinar, click HERE.
January 18, 2011
at 1pm EST

iClicker
Teaching Faculty about Effective Clicker Use
Stephanie Chasteen

A free interactive webinar for those involved in faculty professional development.  We'll discuss tips and best practices for teaching faculty how to use clickers to generate peer discussion and interactive learning environments.  

Teaching faculty about effective use of clickers

ZIP folder of handouts

To view the recording of the webinar, click HERE.
January 10, 2011

Pacific Science Center, Seattle WA
Using clickers in a museum environment
Stephanie Chasteen

A 2-hour workshop for museum educators on the research and goals behind using clickers, possible uses in the museum environment, and writing effective questions.
Make clickers work for you

ZIP folder of handouts


November 9, 2010
at 1pm EDT


iClicker (http://iclicker.com)
Writing Great Clicker Questions
Stephanie Chasteen

A free interactive webinar on tips and techniques for writing engaging clicker questions. Geared towards college science instructors, but open to all.
To view the recording of the webinar, click HERE.
October 19, 2010

RAFT, Denver CO
Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen

A hands-on workshop on effective clicker use for K-12 science teachers

To visit Raft resource area for teaching, clicker HERE.
ZIP folder of materials

September 27, 2010
at 11am MST


iClicker (http://iclicker.com)
Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen

A free interactive webinar on effective use of clickers at the college level. All disciplines.
ZIP folder of materials

To view the recording of the webinar, click HERE.
June 26, 2010

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Denver CO

Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen and Patricia Loeblein

A 3-hour workshop for teachers on effective clicker use and question writing.

Workshop Outcomes
Brainstorm: Challenges

Gallery Walk of Questions

Make clickers work for you

ZIP folder of handouts


April 1, 2010

University of Colorado, Boulder
FTEP
Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen

A 2-hour workshop for faculty on effective clicker use and question writing
Make clickers work for you

ZIP folder of materials
February 16, 2010

University of Colorado at Denver, AMC

Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen

A 1 hour talk on effective clicker use, targeted towards health sciences instructors

Make clickers work for you

ZIP folder of materials
February 2, 2010

Graland Country Day School, Denver CO

Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen

A 2 1/2 hour workshop on effective clicker pedagogy and questions.
Make clickers work for you

ZIP folder of materials
November, 2009

Colorado Science Teachers Conference, Denver CO
Make Clickers Work for You
Writing Great Clicker Questions

Stephanie Chasteen & Patricia Loeblein, CU-Boulder

Two one-hour workshops on effective clicker pedagogy and questions.
Make clickers work
Writing questions

ZIP folder of materials
November, 2009

Colorado Science Teachers Conference, Denver CO
What Every Teacher Should Know about Cognitive Research
Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado (CU)-Boulder

1-hour presentation on how education research can inform our classroom practice.
What Every Teacher Should Know
November, 2009

National Science Teachers Conference, Fort Lauderdale FL
Make Clickers Work for You: A Powerful Tool for Instruction and Assessment
Kelly Lancaster, Patricia Loeblein, Stephanie Chasteen, CU-Boulder

1 hour workshop on using clickers effectively to promote student engagement.
Make clickers work

ZIP folder of materials
October, 2009

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Meeting, Durham NH
Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado-Boulder

2-hour workshop on effective clicker use and questions, with a focus on physics.
Make clickers work
October, 2009

Bollman Technical High School, Thornton CO
Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado-Boulder

4-hour workshop on effective clicker use and question writing.

Part 1

Part 2

ZIP folder of materials
August, 2009

Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT), Boulder CO
Clickers in Upper Division Courses
Steven Pollock and Stephanie Chasteen

1-hour workshop on effective clicker use in general, with a focus on upper division courses.
Clickers in upper division
June, 2009

Rocky Mountain Technology in Education conference, Copper Mountain CO
Make Clickers Work for You
Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado-Boulder

3-hour workshop on effective clicker use and questions.
ZIP folder of materials
April, 2009

CWSEI End-of-Year Event
Using Clickers Effectively
Sara Harris, Earth & Ocean Sciences Dept, University of British Columbia

Workshop on effective clicker implementation and clicker questions, logistical issues, and planning.
PDFUsing clickers effectively
February, 2009

American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting, Chicago IL
Clickers in Upper-Division Courses
Stephanie Chasteen, Kathy Perkins, Michael Dubson, & Steven Pollock, Physics Dept. & SEI, University of Colorado

Video clips associated with this talk:
      Upper Division Clickers in Action
      What Kinds of Questions do We Ask Upper Division?
      Writing Upper Division Clicker Questions
      Explain to Your Students
Clickers in upper division
October, 2007

Geological Society of America (GSA) Meeting, Denver CO
Student behavior, attitudes, and learning using in-class questions with "clickers" vs. a show of hands in a large introductory geology course
Andrea Bair, Jennifer Stempien, & David Budd, Geological Sciences Dept, University of Colorado-Boulder
Poster
October, 2007

CWSEI Seminar
Confessions of a Converted Lecturer
Eric Mazur, Professor of Physics, Harvard University
Mazur talk
April, 2007

CWSEI Seminar
Creating a Highly Interactive Classroom for All Courses
Mike Dubson, Senior Instructor, Physics Dept, University of Colorado-Boulder
Dubson talk