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2 in the Classroom …and the Meeting Room in the Classroom …and the Meeting Room Scott Forbes, MDE Faculty Commons

3 Do you: Teach in a classroom? Chair meetings?

4 How familiar are you with “Clickers”? A.Not at all B.Heard of them C.Seen them used D.Have experience using them E.I use them to train my cat

5 Identify the person in this photo: A.Nicolas Sarkozy B.Ted Bundy C.Hugh Jackman D.Mark Carney

6 In the last provincial election I voted: A.Liberal B.Conservative C.Alberta New Democrats D.Other… E.I did not vote

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9 Topics What is a Clicker? What is an iClicker? What is an iClicker? History of their use at MacEwan Future focus (Goals) Future focus (Goals) Research and Pedagogy Assessment Stages - Cognitive Levels Why iClicker Acquiring the iClicker Acquiring the iClicker iClicker in meetings Resources and support

10 What is a “Clicker”? Student Response System

11 What is the iClicker System? Hardware Receiver Receiver Clicker ClickerSoftware

12 History of Clicker use at MacEwan 2004 introduced the eInstruction CPS Infrared based Infrared based Required software installation before system could be used – many compatibility issues Required software installation before system could be used – many compatibility issues Requires PPT add-on for full integration with PowerPoint Requires PPT add-on for full integration with PowerPoint Attempted a move to the “easier” system Interwrite PRS Interwrite bought up by eInstruction… Interwrite bought up by eInstruction… Piloted iClicker fall ’08 Started with 10 faculty, ended with 35… Started with 10 faculty, ended with 35… Immensely popular with both faculty and students Immensely popular with both faculty and students

13 Goals To standardise on the iClicker Encourage program wide adoption Put receivers in the hands of all faculty who want to use the technology To focus more on pedagogical (i.e. question design, engagement, peer instruction, assessment) and less on “technical”

14 A common expression in curling is: A.Look out! B.Hurry up, it’s cold! C.Hurry Hard! D.Hold my drink! E.Rock on!

15 Pedagogy Supporting Clicker Use Making “Thinking visible” (circa ~1925) Components of Teaching Research says… PedagogySuccesses Notice what is not there…(circa 2003)

16 Teaching Requires sustained engagement (Ideally) Done using a range of activities Requires attention to: design methods of assessment methods of presentation curriculum development instruction-related activities Effective teaching requires on-going review and development informed … feedback.

17 Cognitive levels Knowledge - Remembering facts, terms, concepts, definitions, principles Comprehension - Explaining/interpreting the meaning of material Application - Using a concept or principle to solve a problem Analysis - Breaking material down into its component parts to see interrelationships/hierarchy of ideas Synthesis - Producing something new or original from component parts Evaluation - Making a judgment based on a pre- established set of criteria

18 Clicker Research Says…  Increased attention during class  Higher engagement in concepts presented  Higher levels of participation  Increased attendance  Improved quality of class discussion  Higher learning performance on tests compared to traditional classes (CJLT - Kay and Knaack, 2009)

19 2007 Literature review… 137 articles, papers, case studies, books in disciplines ranging from Business, mathematics, Science, Law… Much more written since... The pedagogy of clicker use is well researched and well documented.

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22 Successes Increased Participation and Discussion Generated Honest Feedback Gained Student Interest Increased My Own Interest…

23 “We don't notice how easily thinking can stay out of sight, because we are used to it being that way. As educators, our first task is perhaps to see the absence, to hear the silence, to notice what is not there.” David Perkins (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

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25 In woodworking this is known as: A.a couple pieces of wood B.a Capchaw joint C.an Eagle talon joint D.a Dovetail joint E.Nice cut’n

26 Why ? Invented by Professors Easy to use focus on formative assessment and pedagogy Superior reliability, intuitive software Low cost 48 Canadian PSI’s can’t be wrong…

27 Features No pre-installed software required Easy to use Settings/Preferences Blackboard integration Student response logging Screen shot function captures screen with each poll (question) easy lecture review Software is Open Source – no license required

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29 Alberta PSI Adopters Grand Prairie Regional College Norquest College Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Southern Alberta Institute of Technology University of Alberta University of Calgary University of Lethbridge Mount Royal University

30 Steps to using iClicker 1.Plug cable into computer and receiver 2.Locate iClicker flash drive (recommend you get your own) 3.Copy MyCoursePC folder and paste to same or different location/drive (or MyCourseMAC) 4.Open folder 5.Double-click iClicker.exe icon 6.Click Start session 7.Start, Stop, Display, Hide - repeat

31 How to Acquire the iClicker MacEwan Bookstore Instructors, Programs, Departments purchase “instructor kits” - (receiver, two remotes, cable, flash drive) $200 Instructors, Programs, Departments purchase “instructor kits” - (receiver, two remotes, cable, flash drive) $200 Free receivers provided by iClicker to instructors with 80+ students purchasing iClicker remotes Free receivers provided by iClicker to instructors with 80+ students purchasing iClicker remotes Students asked/directed by instructor or program to purchase clicker for $39.95 or iClicker can be included in course packages Students asked/directed by instructor or program to purchase clicker for $39.95 or iClicker can be included in course packages Order student clickers as you would text books Order student clickers as you would text books Buy-back program for iClickers Clicker buyback like textbook buyback Clicker buyback like textbook buyback Up to 50% of new clicker price depending on condition* Up to 50% of new clicker price depending on condition* Used clickers will sell for 25% off new price Used clickers will sell for 25% off new price Small demo kits will be available for sign out at Helpdesk and Faculty Commons (try- before-you-buy) Bookstore iClicker contact: Marija Vukusic, Marija Vukusic, *Clicker remotes are customizable with “Skinz”

32 Pop Quiz The iClicker is related to the iPod?

33 There are how many steps to getting started? A.3 B.5 C.7 D.Too many E.Not enough

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36 iClicker in Meetings  Increased attention during meeting  Higher engagement in ideas presented  Higher levels of participation  Improved quality discussion  Decision making expedient  Other?

37 Accessing resources and support is an excellent resource for How-to’s How-to’s Research papers Research papers Case studies Case studies Best practices Best practices Tips Tips Demos Demos User Group discussion forum User Group discussion forum

38 Accessing resources and support Faculty Commons Orientations Orientations Demonstrations Demonstrations Training Training Pedagogical aspects Designing effective questions Best practices Best practices Web site Web site Contact: Scott 5891 or Jon 5606 or Mavis 5777 {Faculty Commons }

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41 I intend to use the iClicker YesNo

42 This presentation transformed my thinking about Clickers: A.Absolutely! B.Yes C.Somewhat D.Almost E.Sorry, no.

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