In the last year the Learning Teaching & Technology Centre (LTTC) bought Turningpoint clickers (classroom response systems) for enhancing teaching and learning at DIT with SIF 2 project funds. Some classroom response systems had been used for large group teaching within the School of Physics by Brian Bowe and Robert Howard previously. This recent investment of clickers enabled lectures to borrow clicker sets from any faculty library to use within class.
During 2009/10 a series of workshops demonstrated the use of clickers for learning, with various subject specific examples of how they could be used effectively in the classroom or lecture theatre. The clickers were also promoted to the participants of the Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning & Teaching as devices to foster student centred learning. Resultantly several of the participants’ trialled the clickers during their micro-teaching sessions and saw the potential for use in large lectures to engage their students.
A survey was carried out which reported that 84.6% of respondents intend using clickers for teaching in the next academic year. To support this, the LTTC will continue to provide support workshops for the clickers. Also we will set up a support group of clicker users that can support each other with questions and answers over the next year.
As well as continuation of promotion and support for clickers, I plan to liaise with those lecturers using clickers to develop some written case-studies on how they successfully integrate clickers and voting into their class plans.
Also I want workshops to explore the following topics: Questioning techniques, developing questions to support critical thinking, peer-instruction
Dr. Eric Mazur and Dr. Derek Bruff have publications (books, blogs, videos) on the use of clickers to enhance learning, to increase engagement and boost student motivation in class. There are also many great resources to support the use of clickers showing different ideas and questioning techniques for their use.