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1 improving the student experience in learning, teaching and assessment Getting Started with EVS

2 Outline of the session: Why use EVS EVS Hardware & Software A step by step approach on how to use EVS Activities to take you through the process Suggested uses of EVS Regulations Where to get help

3 Why use EVS? Where shall we go tonight? No! – you can’t hear me can you? Yes! I’ve just had a new text I don’t, but I’m not saying Now does everyone understand? Could this be your lecture?

4 Why we use EVS? Encourage active student participation Engage with the whole class Check and capture student knowledge – formative/summative Be a proactive teacher Keep everyone awake! Give quiet students a voice – including international students Add some fun

5 What does an Electronic Voting System do? Allows all students to respond to questions To give instant and timely feedback Formative feedback Enables answers to be collated, saved and processed for: The whole class Subgroup of the class / teams Individual students Summative feedback

6 Terminology  TurningPoint (TP) is a type of Electronic Voting System (EVS) or Personal Response System (PRS)  Software – TurningPoint is free to download from the website-Knowledge Exchange.  Handset (Response Card) has a unique Device ID on the back  Receiver has a USB connection already in all classroom computers  Presenter-must be Turningpoint compatible.  Interactive slide – a slide that takes voting (response)

7 EVS hardware Handsets – Uniquely coded with six alpha-numeric digits Receiver – Plugs into USB port, – Installed in all PCs in teaching classrooms

8 EVS software

9 How to download TurningPoint Install TurningPoint software, version , onto your computer. This version is being used by the University in Click on the link below to download the TurningPoint softwareTurningPoint port.nsf/turningpoint port.nsf/turningpoint

10 Download the ‘Turning Point’ software to your computer desktop ystemsupport/downloads/ Save it as an icon to your desktop

11 Activity 1: Please vote to demonstrate our live example Question: Which of these do you find most challenging in a class? Answers : 1.Engaging students 2.Giving feedback 3.Bridging the gap between teaching and learning 4.Teaching international students 5.Maintaining student motivation

12 Creating an EVS activity  Start TurningPoint (you must not have PowerPoint open)  Open powerpoint.  Click on Insert slides  Select the slide type, and insert question e.g. Vertical slide  Add answers where it says ‘enter answer text’

13 Writing an Interactive slide Slide types Vertical True/False Picture Insert Object Correct answer indicator Response counter Countdown Objects you may find useful

14 Setting the correct answer Click here

15 Modifying an interactive slide  Add more choices of answer  chart will be updated  Insert object  insert correct answer  Correct answer indicator  Insert Countdown timer, edit the time

16 The TurningPoint Showbar The showbar appears when running your interactive slides. 1.% Toggles between % and counts on your chart 2.Repoll the Question 3.Response Grid, to see which participants have responded 4.Non-response Grid 5.Indicates the number of responses received during a poll. 6.Countdown timer 7.Indicates that polling is open and responses will be accepted. 8. Polling closed

17 Activity 2. Create a MCQ as an interactive slide in TurningPoint Add the correct answer Insert object to show the correct answer Add a count indicator

18 ‘Downloading’ the class list from the StudyNet module site Right click and save target as ‘class.tpl’

19 How to ‘upload’ the class list to TurningPoint

20 Creating a participant list  Can run it anonymously?  Import an participant list  Select participant list to be used in session

21 How to pre-test your interactive session 1. Click on ‘Response Devices’ 2. Click on ‘Simulated Data’ 3. Run presentation – using ‘slide show’ 4. Don’t forget to reset to ‘response devices’ before you start your session.

22 Reminder: 1.Start TurningPoint programme (which will run PowerPoint) 2.Open your TurningPoint file from your memory stick. 3.Upload your participant list from your memory stick. 4.Select your participant list for the session 5.Run the session (slide show) 6.Save session data to your memory stick if your have used the PC in the classroom.

23 How to create a report?  Click on tools, select reports  Choose the session you want to create a report on  Can use saved information from your memory stick  Go to Reports, and choose the type of report  Click ‘Generate Report’  Report generated in Excel

24 ‘Pause for thought ‘ Turning Point: Enables the report to capture the data to a “participation list” Challenge: – not all students collect their handsets – participation list needs to updated regularly

25 Activity 3: Use the ‘simulated data function’ and run a session Create a report as above Example:

26 Use of EVS for ‘Drop Quiz’ Example: A number (4-7 in total) of unannounced quizzes to be included in coursework (10%) Best (2-5) scores to be counted, ‘no resits’ Brief quiz of 4-5 questions at start of lecture (~10 min) Objectives: To encourage greater engagement in module Better level of attendance Reinforce active learning throughout the year Provide ongoing feedback on personal understanding throughout the year

27 Drop quiz Drop quiz – occur randomly, best x out of y count. Absence from a drop quiz, ‘forgetting’ the handset or a flat battery – lose a life!

28 Activity 4: work in groups

29 Work in groups to reflect on: 1.How are you going to use EVS and 2. What problems do you envisage and what can we do to help. LTI – educational IH – hardware

30 Suggestion of uses of EVS be used? Question and answer sessions – formative or summative Give instant feedback Seek opinions – e.g. ethical issues Maths diagnostic tests Record attendance Drop quizzes: best 4 from 5 scores Team competitions

31 Some good practice points when using EVS…. Formative use before summative (Burnstein & Leaderman 2001). Test slide. Summative- expectations of students and organisation of summative test.

32 Have a go… Download TurningPoint software Set up a few slides (TP & PPT slides) Run the slideshow Save the data Reset the date Save the presentation Check channel (and presence) of receiver tools ->settings->response device Look for likely issues Get help if you need and try it out..

33 Handsets Handsets are issued to students free of charge Replacement handsets carry a charge – equivalent to the loss of an ID card Students are responsible for replacing batteries – equivalent to the use of calculators. Students can buy the batteries at the student union shop.

34 Regulations Giving your handset to another student or being in possession of another’s handset is considered an academic offence – equivalent to cheating. Equivalent to “loaning” an ID card. A student not returning a handset is considered a debtor

35 UH Assessment for Learning Principles Engages students with the assessment criteria Supports personalised learning Ensures feedback leads to improvement Focuses on student development Stimulates dialogue Considers student and staff effort

36 Getting help LTI Knowledge Exchange – Help with Technology: EVS Help with Technology: EVS – Getting started Camtasia Video Getting started Camtasia Video Online tutorials: – Blip paper on ‘How to use EVS’: –

37 Thank you and any questions ITEAM: Julie Vuolo Karen Robins Francesca Entwistle Janet Webber Liz Gormley-Fleming


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