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1 CFE’s Faculty Showcase Let’s Hear from the Entire Class 11/2/12 1 David Smith Physics and Astronomy Rita Balaban Economics Adam Persky Eshelman School of Pharmacy

2 Clicker Question 1  Which of the following best describes your experience with classroom response systems (clickers)?  A: I use clickers extensively in my courses.  B: I use clickers sparingly in my courses.  C: I am familiar with clickers but have not yet used them in my courses.  D: I’m completely new to clickers and their use in the classroom. 11/2/12 2

3 Introduction  My experience with clickers  Effective use of clickers in the classroom  Administrative overheads 11/2/12 3

4 Experience  First experience in graduate school (Ireland ~ 2008) but no personal experience.  Extensive use during my postdoc at the University of Washington  Use was motivated by recent physics education research, in addition to personal preference. 11/2/12 4

5 Physics Education Research  “Interactive-engagement versus traditional methods: A six-thousand student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses,” R.R. Hake, Am. J. Phys. 66, 64-74 (1998).  Significant findings included that courses that used interactive-engagement methods had much larger gains that courses using traditional methods 11/2/12 5

6 Physics Education Research  Understanding How Physics Faculty Use Peer Instruction, C. Turpen and N. Finkelstein, PERC 2007 Proceedings, 204-207.  Peer Instruction: A User's Manual, E. Mazur; Publisher: Prentice Hall - Book  Designing effective questions for classroom response system teaching, I. Beatty, W. Gerace, W. Leonard, and R. Dufresne, Am. J. Phys., 74 (1), 31-39 (2006). 11/2/12 6

7  Two gliders, A and B, collide on a level, frictionless track, as shown below. The mass of glider A is less than that of glider B (i.e., m A v Bf ).  Is the magnitude of the final momentum of glider A, |p Af |, greater than, less than, or equal to that of glider B, |p Bf |?  A: Greater thanB: Less thanC: Equal toD: Not sure Clicker Question Example 11/2/12 7

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10 Effective Use  Clicker questions should ideally foster discussion, and challenge student ideas.  Effective questions often address conceptual difficulties.  Other questions can be useful in judging the effectiveness of the lecture, by gauging the level at which students understand the material. 11/2/12 10

11 Administrative Considerations  Should I award course credit for clicker responses? If yes, how much?  Should I award credit for correct responses?  Shared responsibility between instructor and student. 11/2/12 11

12 Let’s Hear from the Entire Class! Rita A Balaban Senior Lecturer Department of Economics

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22 Audience Response System Turning Point, Turning Technologies

23 History of VTC at UNC Elizabeth City State University (circa 2005) – Historically underserved part of the state Asheville (circa 2011) Class size upon admission – 10 to 15 students (ECSU) – 142 students (CH) – 25-30 students (Asheville)

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25 Primary Uses Knowledge checks (Beginning, Middle, End) Conversation starters Attention Maintainers Team-Based Learning Student presentations Grade Quizzes More Common Less Common

26 Conditional Branching How do you want to treat the patient? Do NothingHemodialysis Stop Meds Meds are stopped, now what? Do Nothing Pt is hypotensive, now what? Pt BP is normal but refuses dialysis, now what? Patient Dies Hemodialysis Get BP up Patient Dies

27 Class response system support CFE’s Poll Everywhere accounts cfe.unc.edu/100plus/crs.html Developing activities for class response systems Center for Faculty Excellence Contact: Bob Henshaw


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