ERIC Number: EJ1087709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Acceptance of Clickers in a Large Multimodal Biochemistry Class as Determined by Student Evaluations of Teaching: Are They Just an Annoying Distraction for Distance Students?
Miles, Nathan. G.; Soares da Costa, Tatiana P.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v44 n1 p99-108 Jan-Feb 2016
A student response system (clickers) was introduced into a second year introductory biochemistry class to improve student engagement and performance. The class was delivered in both internal and distance education (DE) modes, with the DE students receiving recordings of the lectures (including clicker activities). However, there was concern over the use of clickers in internal classes as it may be alienating or distracting to DE students while reviewing the recordings of these lectures. In order to examine students' attitudes toward clickers, closed- and open-ended questions were examined in the student evaluations of teaching (SET). Understanding attitudes of internal and DE students is especially important as differences may exist between these groups due to the different learning environments they experience. Approximately 45% of students completed the surveys, of which 88%-91% provided written comments. Of the written comments, 18% of DE students and 22% of internal students provided unsolicited comments about clickers. Interestingly, no difference was observed in the themes identified in the comments between cohorts. The key themes included 1) clickers were beneficial for learning (and increased knowledge), 2) clickers were engaging/fun, and 3) clickers could have been used more widely. Overall, based on this study, it was believed that clicker usage was not seen as negative activity by DE students and it was worth continuing to use clickers in teaching the large multimodal class studied here. However, there is a need to investigate the potential of new and emerging technologies to provide more interactive experiences for DE students.
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Learning Modalities, Introductory Courses, Biochemistry, Distance Education, Video Technology, Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Technology Uses in Education, Intermode Differences, Delivery Systems, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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