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Active Learning with clickers

  1. 1. HDFS Brown Bag Seminar S. Raj Chaudhury Sep. 16, 2011
  2. 2. "Teaching with Technology:Tools and Strategies to Improve Student Learning"
  3. 3. Not really…
  4. 4. Active learning
  5. 5. Fred Reif, Millikan Lecture, 1994
  6. 6. Si
  7. 7. How to define Sj? How to define Sj• Initial State Si – What knowledge, skills, beliefs, attitudes do the students have? – How do they think?• Final State Sf – What knowledge, skills, beliefs, attitudes should they have? (those of a scientist?) – How should they think? (like a scientist?)
  8. 8. Shiladitya “Raj” Chaudhury• B.A., M.S., Ph.D. in Physics (all in the U.S.)• Taught Physics for 15 years – Smaller, state universities (NY and VA)• Science Education Research – Improve undergraduate STEM Education• 2003 Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (CASTL) – How People Learn Science and Mathematics• 2009 Auburn University Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning• Courtesy appointments in Music, Curriculum & Teaching
  9. 9. Emmanuel College, MAQ1. Have you ever been to a great lecture?A. YesB. No
  10. 10. Somewhere in European UnionQ2. Have you been to two great lectures in your life?A. YesB. No
  11. 11. Q3. Have you been to 45 great lectures in a row?A. YesB. No
  12. 12. Do they just sit there?Raipur, Nursing College, India
  13. 13. Physiological information during lecture
  14. 14. Active learning
  15. 15. Good Practice In Undergraduate Education Chickering & Gamson, AAHE, 19871. Encourages Student - Instructor Contact2. Develops and Encourages Cooperation Among Students3. Encourages Active Learning4. Gives Prompt Feedback5. Emphasizes Time on Task6. Communicates High Expectations7. Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning
  16. 16. Traxoline is a new form of zionter. It is montillated in Ceristanna. The CeristanniansFactual Question gristerlate large amounts of fevon and then bracter it to quasel traxoline. Traxoline may well be one of our most lukized snezlaus in the future because of our zionter lescelidge. Based on this information, how is Traxoline quaselled? A. Via gristerlation B. Via bracteration C. Via lukization D. Via montillation (Duncan, 2005)
  17. 17. Why Clickers?Quick, easy ways to get feedback from students about:• Prior knowledge• Preconceptions/misconceptions• Opinions• Understanding• Confusion• Satisfaction
  18. 18. Prof. Eric Mazur, Harvard University, Physics Peer Instruction 1.Ask a question 2.Students think 3.Respond individually 4.[View histogram] 5.Discuss with neighbor 6.Re-vote on question 7.View results histogram 8.Discuss concept/results
  19. 19. Your learning…• When you listen you pay attention to others• When you think, you have to not pay attention to others and pay attention to yourself. – Clare Elmendorf, age 8 -
  20. 20. Consider a tiny acorn,and a giant oak tree.A log from thattree weighs 10,000xas much as the acorn.Where does MOST ofthe mass come from?A. SunlightB. WaterC. SoilD. Minerals in the soilE. The air Then peer discuss Dr. Douglas Duncan, Univ. of Colorado
  21. 21. Photosynthesis6 CO2 + 12 H2O → C6H12O6 + 6 O2 + 6 H2OCarbon dioxide water glucose (sugar) oxygen water The correct answer is “The Air.” Carbon dioxide from the air! Dr. Douglas Duncan, Univ. of Colorado
  22. 22. You are a soccer referee. Two players puncheach other. What should you do (proper order)?A. Send both players offB. Summon substitutesC. Write down their jersey numbers & timeD. Blow your whistle to stop playRespond with a string of letters – e.g. ABCD
  23. 23. Proper procedure• D – blow whistle• C – write down information• A – send players offSo correct string “DCA”
  24. 24. Active learning
  25. 25. Histogram 1What would you do if you gotthis response from yourstudents?- Correct Answer is ‘A’
  26. 26. Histogram 2 What would you do if you got this response from your students? - Correct answer is ‘B’21/170 answered “C”
  27. 27. Histogram 3What would you do if you got thisresponse from your students?- Correct answer is ‘D’
  28. 28. Histogram 4What would you do if you got thisresponse from your students?- Correct answer is ‘C’
  29. 29. 2003 2005
  30. 30. Not your mother’s lecture…