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ERIC Number: EJ893827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Quit Surfing and Start "Clicking": One Professor's Effort to Combat the Problems of Teaching the U.S. Survey in a Large Lecture Hall
Cole, Stephanie
History Teacher, v43 n3 p397-410 May 2010
Teaching an introductory survey course in a typical lecture hall presents a series of related obstacles. The large number of students, the size of the room, and the fixed nature of the seating tend to maximize the distance between instructor and students. That distance then grants enrolled students enough anonymity to skip class too frequently and offer only limited attention when there. The advent of wireless internet service has compounded the problem by bringing lecturers into competition with Facebook and other Web sites that have a high potential to absorb student-viewers, and thus seem to offer more significant distraction than texting, or its predecessor, notepassing. In the spring of 2004, a publishing representative introduced the author to classroom response systems (CRS), alternately referred to as audience response systems or "clickers". This wireless classroom technology allows every student to respond with handheld devices to multiple choice questions posed by the instructor, most commonly via PowerPoint and a projector, though some programs pose the questions in other formats. Clickers both allow instructors to engage the entire class in participation, and provide records of who is attending class and more or less paying attention. In this essay, the author presents an overview of her experience with clickers in a U.S. history survey course which points out potential pitfalls and highlights what has been helpful in the larger audience response system literature. She shares how she successfully used clickers to teach critical thinking skills and presents a brief case study of her strategy in teaching slavery at the survey level. ["Quit Surfing and Start "Clicking": One Professor's Effort to Combat the Problems of Teaching the U.S. Survey in a Large Lecture Hall" was written with Gregory Kosc.] (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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