Clickers as a gateway to innovation in college instruction

There is now ample evidence that the traditional college course experience is somewhat lacking – and lots of research on alternative techniques that do help improve student learning over traditional lecture. Yet change is slow. In this article, I’ll talk…

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Seven tips for the start of the semester

As a new semester ramps up, I find myself thinking of all the little tips and tricks that I’ve learned about clickers. What is most important to think about as you gear up for the new semester? Here are my…

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How can you get students to speak up about their answers?

Clickers work best when they’re used to spark whole class discussions about the reasoning and ideas behind the answers. In this post, I’ll share two techniques that are working well for me this semester to get students to talk about…

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The Importance of Anonymity

Student learning is only half about learning the content and skills. The other half is how the learning process feels to the student. Does the student feel capable and confident? Do they feel like a person who can “learn this…

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Drawing to Learn: Sketching and Peer Instruction

Many aspects of learning require the ability to visualize – the structure of the cell, the interconnected relationships of historical figures, the forces on a figure skater, the shape of a population distribution graph. But students rarely have the opportunity…

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