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Creating Active Learning Environments with Clickers

Keynote at the MGH Institute of Health Professions Faculty Development Conference, May 29, 2012

Derek Bruff

on 4 November 2016

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Transcript of Creating Active Learning Environments with Clickers

Creating Active Learning Environments with Clickers
Derek Bruff
Misconception Questions
"Mentos + Diet Coke," the Cobras, Flickr
Times for Telling
Schwartz & Bransford (1998)
Student Perspective Questions
"Colourful army," maistora, Flickr
Critical Thinking Questions
"Something's Gotta Give," Cyron, Flickr
"m i n i mnms," inajeep, Flickr
"Bronze Age Balance," diffendale, Flickr
Kuhn (1992)
Kuhn (1992)
Kuhn (1992)
"skates," marythom, Flickr (CC)
How experienced are you in teaching with clickers?

A. I've not used clickers at all.
B. I'm just getting started with clickers.
C. I'm comfortable with the basics.
D. I'm a power user.
Which of the following is the most significant challenge to engaging your students in deep learning during class?

A. Students are hesitant to speak up in front of their peers.
B. Students focus on taking notes, not engaging.
C. Students focus too much on their grades, not enough on learning.
D. Students don't prepare adequately for class.
E. Something else.
Peer Instruction
Instructor poses question.
Students answer independently.
Instructor views results.
If most answer correctly, briefly discuss question.
If most answer incorrectly, backtrack.
If students are split, have them discuss in pairs and revote.
Instructor leads classwide discussion.
Your sister calls to say she’s having twins. Which of the following is more likely? (Assume she’s not having identical twins.)

A. Twin boys
B. Twin girls
C. One boy and one girl
D. All are equally likely.
"Questions," Oberazzi, Flickr (CC)
Good Questions, Deep Learning
“IMG_9936e2,” Abby Bischoff, Flickr (CC)
"Groups that are too much alike find it harder to keep learning, because each member is bringing less and less information to the table."

James Surowiecki, "The Wisdom of Crowds"
Peer Assessment Questions
"Score Cards," Poundcommapound, Flickr (CC)
Agile Teaching
"Weave," Paul Engelfield, Flickr (CC)
Open-Ended Questions
"Choices," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC)
"Barracudas," Daniel Vaulot, Flickr (CC)
Which of the following is most crucial to effective teaching with clickers?
A. All students responding to questions
B. Responding to results on the fly
C. Questions that allow open-ended discussion
D. Letting go of the "coverage" model
When might you NOT use clickers?
Mapping Connections
"More Ideas for Visual Learning," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC)
"Trusses," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC)
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Google Moderator
Design Sketches
Concept Maps
Prezi Meeting
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