2:00 pm-3:00 pm
What to Do (and Not Do) to Achieve Successful Clicker Use on Campus
At the University of Colorado 20,000 clickers are in use, in a wide variety of classes. Our studies reveal that certain practices repeatedly lead to success – students and faculty report that clickers enhance their learning, and certain practices repeatedly lead to failure –dissatisfied students and faculty. These practices, both the good and the bad, will be summarized. The most important uses of clickers in the social sciences are less about “correctness,” as in science classes,and more about “meaning” or honest discussion of topics that are difficult for students to discuss in front of their peers. Student’s attitudes about the benefits of clicker use are strongly influenced by the way a faculty member explains the reason for using clickers, and by the way he or she uses them during class. During the past several years we observed increasing distraction of students by laptop computer use. We recently investigated whether an active clicker classroom mitigates against student distraction, and preliminary results from this study will be presented.
Doug Duncan is a faculty member in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences of the University of Colorado, and Director of Fiske Planetarium, the most active university planetarium in the U.S. and the largest between Chicago and the Pacific coast.