Making concepts in Biochemistry ‘click’ using technology in lectures

Using clickers to gauge students’ understanding Determining how much students are learning during a lecture is far from easy. This was the challenge faced by Dr Peter Judge, who teaches Thermodynamics to first-year undergraduates in the Biochemistry Department. Students consider the course … Continue reading

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Adapting Lectures on the Fly with Real-Time Questioning

The challenge: eliciting students’ misconceptions in a large class One of the biggest challenges faced by lecturers is gauging the effectiveness of their lectures and gathering students’ feelings about the content and difficulty. Professor Sophocles Mavroeidis of University College, a … Continue reading

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Student voting: WebLearn’s Polls tool

Introduction WebLearn is a virtual learning environment that rewards its explorers. With such a range of flexible tools, a new user can be sure of finding a tool that can improve their educational practice or streamline administration. This was the … Continue reading

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Assessment for learning: Using mobile polls in the classroom

Introduction The use of formative assessment to develop learners understanding of key concepts is an established practice and used by many academics within the University. Introducing audience response systems into the lecture design can bring further advantages to this process … Continue reading

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Engaging learners through interaction: Using handheld clickers in the classroom:

This case study looks at the practice of Dr Barbara Gabrys, Lecturer in Advanced Polymers, Department of Materials, Oxford University.  Since Hilary Term 2010, Dr. Gabrys has employed ‘clickers’ (Audience Response Systems) in her class-room based lectures in order to make her … Continue reading

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