Session Location

Grand Valley State University, Eberhard Center, EC 410

Session Start Date and Time

21-8-2013 2:15 PM

Session End Date and Time

21-8-2013 3:15 PM

Session Description

Classroom response systems, or “clickers”, are a simple technology that facilitates active learning in the classroom in a number of ways. Clicker-enabled pedagogy shows evidence of having a significantly positive effect on student learning, but the clicker technology itself has several limitations. For example, only multiple choice questions can be used, and the purchase of a clicker adds to students' out-of-pocket expenses. In this talk, we'll look at a classroom response platform that uses web-based software along with students’ personal web-enabled devices to deliver and collect responses to clicker questions. The system, called Learning Catalytics, allows instructors to author questions using a website, and then students use any web-enabled device, such as a smartphone or tablet, to connect to the website and respond to the questions. By using the students’ devices, a wide variety of questions is now available, including questions that require text or graphical answers. Participants will get a chance to play along with a sample module of questions to see how the technology can be employed firsthand. I'll share my experiences with using this system in MTH 227 (Linear Algebra) during Winter 2013 semester with the support of a Pew Technology Enhancement Grant from GVSU’s Faculty Teaching and Learning Center. NOTE: Learning Catalytics is one of two web-based classroom response platforms now supported by GVSU.


Aug 21st, 2:15 PM Aug 21st, 3:15 PM

Session 02 - Clickers Without the Clickers: Using the Web and Students' Personal Devices for Classroom Response

Grand Valley State University, Eberhard Center, EC 410