Teaching IDEAS: Session on the effective use of clickers

The Duke Graduate School’s annual series of Teaching IDEAS workshops commences this year with “Effective Use of Clickers” featuring Dr. Stephanie V. Chasteen, Outreach Director, Science Education Initiative at the University of Colorado.

The session has two parts that will take place on Thursday, September 26th in Perkins 217 – participants are asked to attend both sessions:

  • Introduction to Peer Instruction with Clickers (10:00—11:00)

Why use clickers? What is the research behind it? In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore using clickers to promote student engagement and deep learning. We will focus on the use of “peer instruction” – the practice of requiring students to discuss their answers to challenging questions with one another. (Clicker resource page – http://STEMclickers.colorado.edu.)

  • Writing Questions and Effective Facilitation for Clickers (12:00—2:00)

Questioning is a central part of assessment and quizzing, but it can also be a powerful learning tool. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore research-based tips and ideas for achieving the full benefit of questioning. Effective use of clickers will be discussed as a means to achieve student engagement and deep learning. We will also talk about different types of questions for different parts of the learning cycle, as well as the surprising power of multiple-choice questions to achieve critical thinking skills.

Faculty, staff, post docs and graduate students are welcome to attend – you can preregister here or see more about the series at the Graduate School’s Teaching IDEAS website.

Randy Riddle

Author: Randy Riddle

Randy A. Riddle consults with faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences on integrating technology into teaching. He has been a CIT consultant since 2000. His professional interests include e-learning, social networking, online productivity tools, video and multimedia, and visualization. Randy’s current work includes management of the CIT’s Faculty Fellows program, consulting on Coursera course design and exploring areas such as e-textbook authoring. His other interests outside of work include restoration of vintage recording formats and broadcasting and film history. He volunteers for the Old Time Radio Researchers Group and maintains an ongoing blog on radio history research.