10:00 am-11:00 am
Pedagogical Benefits of Using Clickers in the Classroom
Teaching technology is inevitably and rapidly entering our classrooms, and instructors are faced with the challenging task to use this technology in meaningful ways. While many pedagogical benefits have been reported for student response system (clickers), it is often hard and time consuming to craft good multiple-choice, true-false, or alphanumeric fill-in-the-blank questions. In this presentation, six basic categories will be introduced illustrating the immense potential of clicker utilization in the classroom. The categories range from quick participation probes to questions that promote discussions, cooperative learning, and peer instruction. Each will be exemplified with sample questions aimed at an appropriate level of challenge and maximizing student engagement and learning.
Dr. Klaus Woelk is Interim Chairman of Chemistry and member of the Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation (CERTI) at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). He has served as director of Missouri S&T's New Faculty Teaching Scholarship program and Freshman Faculty Forum, and has recently taken the lead in redesigning Missouri’s general chemistry education as part of the state’s major course redesign initiative established by the Governor of Missouri and Missouri’s public four-year institutions.