Event Title

Use of Classroom Response Systems for Formative Assessment

Location

Assembly Hall

Event Website

http://www.cpe.vt.edu/cuenr/index.html

Start Date

26-3-2010 2:00 PM

End Date

26-3-2010 2:30 PM

Description

Classroom response systems, aka clickers, are documented to increase student engagement and participation during class. Although they have many uses, I have found clickers are particularly useful for encouraging student discussion and for formative assessment of student understanding. Use of clickers allows the instructor to practice agile teaching in ways that are not possible without this technology. Clickers enable the instructor to rapidly gauge student understanding of the class topic, and rapidly move discussion to points where students are having trouble. They also enable instructors to probe for common misconceptions about concepts, stimulate discussion concerning these misconceptions, and stimulate critical thinking in students in the process. However, there are several aspects that instructors must consider while using clickers to conduct formative assessment and agile teaching. I will discuss several of these considerations, including question design, based on my classroom experiences using clickers.

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Citation: Bibles, B.D. 2010. Use of classroom response systems for formative assessment. UENR Biennial Conference, Session Innovations in Pedagogy, Use of Technology, Paper Number 2. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/Sessions/Technology/2/.

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Mar 26th, 2:00 PM Mar 26th, 2:30 PM

Use of Classroom Response Systems for Formative Assessment

Assembly Hall

Classroom response systems, aka clickers, are documented to increase student engagement and participation during class. Although they have many uses, I have found clickers are particularly useful for encouraging student discussion and for formative assessment of student understanding. Use of clickers allows the instructor to practice agile teaching in ways that are not possible without this technology. Clickers enable the instructor to rapidly gauge student understanding of the class topic, and rapidly move discussion to points where students are having trouble. They also enable instructors to probe for common misconceptions about concepts, stimulate discussion concerning these misconceptions, and stimulate critical thinking in students in the process. However, there are several aspects that instructors must consider while using clickers to conduct formative assessment and agile teaching. I will discuss several of these considerations, including question design, based on my classroom experiences using clickers.

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/Sessions/Technology/2