June 10, 2013
Articles, Briefs and Reports
- GoSoapBox Classroom Response System Engages Students EDUCAUSE Review Online. November/December 2012. This case study explores the use of a classroom response system in Spanish language classes that seemed too small to benefit from the approach.
- Clickers in the Classroom: Transforming Students into Active Learners, ECAR Research Bulletin, 2011. This research bulletin discusses a program at the University of South Carolina to implement SRSs in the classroom and to study the impacts that the technology has on student outcomes. In our research, we also looked at the challenges that SRSs pose, both to students and to faculty members, and investigated best practices for using this technology.
- Clicker Implementation Models, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 2011. Clickers require a significant economic investment; deciding who pays is a key issue that gives rise to two implementation models: institution-pays and students-pay.
- Clicker Resource Guide: An Instructors Guide to the Effective Use of Personal Response Systems (Clickers) in Teaching, 2010. This guide was written to help instructors understand the answers to these questions, and to help them use personal response systems (“clickers”) in their classes in the most comfortable and pedagogically effective manner.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Open-Ended Response System, January 2011. An open-ended student response system is an electronic service or application that lets students enter text responses during a lecture or class discussion. Open-ended systems give faculty the option of collecting such free-form contributions from students, in addition to asking the true/false or multiple-choice questions that conventional clicker systems allow.
- Move Over Socratic Method, ‘Clicker’ Offers Law Profs New Option to Monitor Student Progress, November 2010. As some law profs and law school administrators bemoan or ban the electronic devices that make it easy for today’s students to sit in the back row and text and e-mail during class, a growing number of educational innovators are adding new wireless technology to their arsenal of teaching tools and monitoring devices.
- Teaching with Clickers in Law, March 2012. A presentation by Derek Buff at the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee on teaching with clickers.
- Clickers, March 2010. Douglas Whaley blogs about his use of clickers at Ohio State Law School.
Clickers, Mobile and Web App Polls
December 6, 2011
Each month, the Intstitute for Law Teaching & Learning posts an “Idea of the Month.” For December 2011, the idea related to the use of technology in legal education.
- Using PowerPoint
- Recording video lectures
- Editing these videos (and creating short clips)
- Posting these video clips & ppt slides for students to view outside of class
- Using “clickers” to assess understanding in class
Last month, in article from Inside Higher Ed, Marketing Professor Mike Garver from Central Michigan University was featured. To read the entire article, click here. He was also featured on the Turning Technologies website, here.
In order to integrate higher order thinking skills into his teaching methods, Dr. Garver turned to technology. He records his lectures on his webcam at home. He then splits them up into small chunks, posts them to iTunesU along with accompanying PowerPoint slides and assigns them to his students to view before they come to class.
In class, he assesses the students’ understanding of these important concepts with questions that students respond to with a “clicker.” The rest of class is devoted to group work and hands-on activities.
September 17, 2010
In addtion to the polling feature in TWEN, the tools below support interactivity in the law school classroom:
1. Strutta – Create not just polls, but online contests as well. Strutta allows teachers to moderate all student content before being posted online.
2. Runpolls – An easy site to use, with a drag & drop interface.
3. Flisti – A simple poll creator that allows users to share with popular social networks.
4. Obsurvey - A great site with a wiki-style interface that allows users to create surveys with different styles of questions, such as multiple choice, true or false, and others.
5. Survey Monkey – One of the best online sites for creating surveys. The free version offers 10 questions per survey, up to 100 responses, and real-time results.
6. Polldaddy – Similar to Survey Monkey, with a nice user interface.
7. Vorbeo - An easy-to-use site that lets users embed a poll directly into their blog or website.
8. Text the Mob – Good site site to use with a large audience. Allows users to text in their responses via a mobile device. Built-in filtering soon to come, which would be ideal for schools.
9. Insightify – A great collaborative website for creating online surveys.
10. Yarp – A fun site to use for creating simple surveys that generates a unique URL.
taken from Tech &Learning (Sept 2010) article by David Kapuler, media and technology specialist at Greendale (Wis.) School District.
May 13, 2009
As the semester has drawn to a close, I again asked students to repond to an Online Survey on their experience with “Clickers.”
Question #1: How has the professor’s use of the clicker ENHANCED your understanding of the course material?
- The professor and the clicker are both great! It is very useful. It made me read Dressler’s Understanding Criminal Law which otherwise I would not have done.
- I have found the questions have helped me to apply the theory of case law.
- I have found particularly helpful the questions my classmates have posed to Prof.
- The poll feature after the question is submitted is very helpful in figuring out the ideas and understanding of our classmates.
- It helped apply the principles to fact situations.
- I think it makes for pretty good discussion
- It has given the class, in my opinion, a good opportunity to put what we have learned to use & provided the professor the chance to offer feedback where we may have some confusion.
Question #2: Can you suggest any improvements in the use of this technology during class?
- Having more time for discussion of the results would be good.
- The quizzes are very helpful. I would suggest that we have more time to spend in discussing answers and methods to use to properly address issues contained in the quizzes.
- It would have been fun to take more class polls with the clicker system or to use it throughout class for questions just so we could see if we were all on the same page. The system could prove to be pretty useful and valuable if it was utilized more.
- Maybe there can be questions posed throughout the lecture that are designed to test how well the students as a whole are grasping the material.
- Since it has been brought to the professor’s attention he has been requiring that all students hand in written answers (the alternative for using the clicker if a student forgets theirs or just wants to write in an answer) before discussion of the answers begins. However until this change was made students would wait until the answer came up on the screen to hand in theirs taking advantage of the system and leaving those students who took the time to prepare answers of their own without that same benefit.
- Make the “little blue man” more random and/or remove the ability to call on the same student twice in one class. I saw it twice that the same student had to go in the same class. In fact one person got “picked” twice in a row.
March 31, 2009
The other day, the crimlaw prof who uses CPS as an assessment tool came to me asking how to use it to poll students.
I told him that basically, it’s the same, – just do not upload the session to the gradebook or to CPSOnline and do not indicate the correct answer.
Here’s the response to whether students believe the current law on euthanasia should remain unchanged?
Then he asked the “Yes” voters to indicate how strongly they felt about their opinion (1 being the highest):
Next he asked the “No” voters to indicate how strongly they felt about their opinion (1 being the highest):
The professor continued to poll the students to see whether gender or age made a difference in whether the law on euthanasia should be changed.
This was an interesting way to use “clickers” in the classroom and it definitely kept the students engaged.
March 10, 2009
No Oscar for this attempt but it was fun:
March 3, 2009
NPR’s All Tech Considered ran a story on clickers yesterday “In Search of Answers, Teachers Turn to Clickers:
February 26, 2009
Jossey-Bass has just published a book for teachers on how to make the best use of “clickers:” “Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments” by Derek Bruff, the assistant director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching. You can read an interview with the author from Inside Higher Ed right here and you can watch a video demonstration of clickers here.
Criminal Law class 2-26-09
This is timely as we try to publicize our use of clickers at Albany Law School and encourage professors here to use them in their classes.
You may notice in the photo above the professor’s excitement that the students were tricked into thinking C was the correct answer. The correct answer (in green) was B and last year when this question was used, it was a student that proved to this professor that the answer was indeed B not C as the professor thought. Again this year, there was quite a lively exchange, thus CREATING,as the book’s title says, AN ACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT!”
The March Newsletter of Engaging Technologies will feature a blurb about my Clicker article published in The Law Teacher (p13) and put a link to it in their blog as well as links to a blog post about my CALI conference presentation on clickers –
I also have video footage from several Criminal Law classes that I plan to edit and then create a Clicker promotional video . I want also invite faculty members to see for themselves the Clickers in action in this Criminal Law class.